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Old 06-10-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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A couple of years ago I must have hit or smashed my index toe finger- I don't remember, it's been a while. The nail turned light purple, but barely noticeable, so I never really bothered about it. I've started jogging recently and the running shoes I've been using aren't adequate jogging shoes, they're a bit tight, and I've noticed that now...my toe has gotten really dark purple/red. It's disgusting! I can't even wear sandals now. Is this permanent? What can I do about it?!? Help.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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It's probably a bruise. That happened to me once - it wasn't painful (though the shoes I had been wearing were too tight.) It lasted as long as it took my toenail to grow out. It was my big toe so it was an 8-9 month wait.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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I have a feeling this is more than a bruise...I've had it for years! Only recently it's gotten really dark, whereas before it was light purple and not noticeable.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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If you like the running shoes try cutting an "X" with a razor blade over the toe that's been bruised. That'll take the pressure off.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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See a doctor. You want to ensure it is not a melanoma.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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I'm rethinking my answer and agree with others that you should see a doctor. I was thinking the color had gone away and then recently come back. If it's been there for that whole time, definitely seek a professional opinion!
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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It's probably just a blood clot. From your first injury a few years ago, your toe might now be more sensitive to pressure and is prone to clots. A doctor will confirm or reject that idea, but it's not uncommon. It's also not dangerous; but if they are painful you'd need a doctor to make a tiny hole in the nail above the clot to provide relief.

The easiest thing you can do while you're waiting to see the doctor, is stop wearing shoes that don't fit you properly. You don't need to spend hundreds of bucks on fancy things, but a boxier-shaped toe-box, firm-fitting heel, and sturdy arch supports will provide a more appropriate platform for running.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Ok I'll go see the doctor, mostly because it's a vanity issue (I can't wear sandals because it's very disgusting), and it's only painful while I'm running but other than that it doesn't bother me.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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How long since your sugar levels have been checked. I know that might seem extreme, but dark toes are bad signs in relations to diabetes.
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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Invest in some good running shoes already!

Seriously, it will save you a lot of problems down the road.
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