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I really don't want to admit this, but I need some advice about this. My second toe is longer than my big toe on both feet, and the nails on those toes have become very thick and ridged. I imagine it's from banging into the front of my shoes when I run, especially on downhills. They get really sore when I run, enough so that I have to walk when I could continue to run if it weren't for the toes. Is there anything I can do to help them? I've tried wearing thicker socks so there isn't so much sliding around, but the toes still get sore. Any advice?
yeah I know the problem. I keep my nails cut really short and that seems to help the pain. also try maybe a smaller shoe if your feet are slipping that much than you probely need a smaller running shoe. and you can try socling your feet in ebson salt and warm water this help soffen the nails. good luck and God Bless
Suffered the same problem for many years. Finally found some things that worked through trial and error:
Keep your toe nail extra short.
Go up 1/2 size in shoe to give you more room at the end of the toe box and buy a shoe that has more flex. (if your shoe is too stiff, it won't bend easily when your foot bends.....so your foot slides forward instead.) Make sure that you secure the laces so that the shoe fits nice and snug around the heel.
If you need to stay with a more stable shoe due to your foot placement (i.e. pronator issues, etc) then slice a little out of the bottom of the outter sole (the white marshmallow looking part) Not so much that it become floppy, but enough to allow for more flex. Most Running specialty stores are well versed in how to do this for you, if you are a bit chicken about slicing up a perfectly good pair of shoes.
Lastly, for race days when I know that I will be less likely to stop for a sore toe, I wrap sports tape over the end of the toe. Put the first piece at the base of the toe nail and wrap it over the top. Then take a second piece and wrap it around your toe the other way to secure the ends of the first piece. Make sure there are no sharp points or the neighboring toes will fuss.
Good luck !
same prob here. try this: switch to a new brand of shoe....some shoe brands have stitching etc near the tips over the top of your toes...like nike, saucony....i switched to a pair of asics (they are one of the few shoes i was told that don't have extra stitch work there...)
Not sure if any of these will help, but here is a Runner's World article on tying your shoes in different ways for different complaints.
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That's some great advice and I'll second the notion of sizing up. I started running in size 11 and now wear 12.5 seriously. I took me forever to figure out I still needed to go up a size. I still have 8 toenails during racing season (2nd toe on each foot) but it's not as bad these days as before.