Sunday, August 12, 2007

Runner's Toe

Ugh!!! Well my middle toe on BOTH feet were hurting a bit after getting the new running shoes, but after doing that 18 miler last weekend, I think I finally did them in.

Now the middle toenails on both feet are a deep shade of red and getting darker (good bye nail). I did some research on line and it had horrible stories of popping the blisters under the nail and such. As you can tell this is my first experience.

It appears that my new Asics (Kayano 13) have a pointier toe than the old Brooks Addictions I have had forever. So this past week I have brought out the old Brooks for running and need to get back to the store to get a different pair of running shoes, this time with more room in the toe box.

My right middle toe does not hurt so much but the left one is still tender. I am able to tie the Brooks with my foot at the back on the heel to relieve any pressure on the toe. Fortunately, my long run tomorrow is only 10 miles.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!


PLANET3RRY said...

If you can dig New Balance, some styles (SL2 - I think) have a more gracious toe box.

Sorry to hear about the toes. Although it would be weird at first, can you tape the toes together (much like Bball players do with fingers) do it won't hurt?

Susan said...

"Only 10 miles." I love it!!!!

It is the "middle of the night" and I am about to do "only 13 miles." Ha!

It sounds like you need no advice. Sounds like your problem is on the way to being solved!

IrishBlue said...

I had this issue while training for the half. I bought bigger shoes.

Hope you heal quickly.

ShirleyPerly said...

Ouch! If you can't return those new shoes, they might still be good for running shorter distances though (say, 6-8 miles or less) since your feet won't swell as much.

Personally, I like Sauconys because they seem to have large toebox areas. I usually get a half-size larger than recommended if they will be used for long training runs and marathons. Because of that, I rarely wear those same shoes on my shorter runs. On those, I prefer shoes that are more snug and lighter (a lightweight trainer, not racing flats). That way, I am rotating shoes and some say that wearing different types of shoes while training helps avoid injury by stressing different parts of one's foot.