How Smart Runners Deal with Bruised Toenails

How Smart Runners Deal with Bruised Toenails

If your running shoes are causing you more pain than pleasure, check out Toe Bumpers. I invented these for my own issues with bruised and broken toenails, runner's toe, and general toe pain relief.

I've been to hundreds of running stores that pride themselves on the "perfect fit." But in my two decades of running, I know that chasing the "perfect fit" is a dream.

In fact, most of the specialty running stores I frequented told me, "I needed a shoe with a roomier toe box to allow my toes to move freely. 👎🏼 Roomier running shoes was precisely what was causing my toe pain and bruised toenails to flare up in the first place.

For one, our left and right feet are different sizes, and our feet change drastically as we age or have children.

Bruised toenails can be a frustrating and painful side effect of running on pavement or trails. But don't let these running woes keep you from lacing up your sneakers, slipping on some Toe Bumpers toe socks, and getting on with it. So what are these exactly?

And how do they prevent big toe joint pain, and black toenails?

Toe Bumpers are cushioned toe socks. They reduce the friction in the front and tops of your shoes to stop your toes from smashing into the front of your shoes, which causes turf toe, runner's toe, and just toe pain in general.

These running socks slip on over any of your favorite athletic socks and feel virtually invisible within seconds after wearing them. The cushioning is only in the toe, so they won't change the fit or feel of your shoe, like double-socking or any other strange things we runners are known to do. (I saw a woman at the Chicago Marathon with make-up remover pads duck-taped to all her toes)!

Runners of all levels, from beginners to experienced marathoners, can experience bruised toenails. So, if your toes are killing you while running or walking, check out a simple solution that actually works. Keep your feet healthy and happy mile after. The best running socks out there are just half a sock 😉.

A few Extra Prevention tips for bruised toenails

  • Invest in properly fitted running shoes. I don't recommend too much room in the toe box, as it causes too much movement and smashing.
  • Replace your running shoes regularly: Running shoes have a limited lifespan, and the cushioning and support they provide can deteriorate over time. Replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles or every 6-12 months, depending on your running frequency and intensity.
  • Trim your toenails properly. I almost hate to say it.
  • Gradually increase your mileage: If you're a beginner runner, don't go from a 3-miler to a 12-miler.
  • Get some Toe Bumpers toe socks. It will be the best $16 bucks you've ever spent. This is a low-risk, high-reward product.
Happy Running my friends!
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