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We would like to welcome Dr. Daniel Reed to our practice beginning on April 29, 2024!
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Painful Runner's Toe

Runner’s toe, also known as black toenail or jogger's toe, is a common condition among runners and athletes. It occurs when the toes repeatedly hit the front of the shoe, causing trauma to the toenail bed. This trauma can lead to bleeding under the nail, resulting in discoloration that looks black or purple and sometimes pain. The main cause of runner’s toe is the repetitive pressure and impact experienced during running or other high-impact activities. Additionally, poorly fitting shoes or shoes that are too tight can increase pressure on the toes. The condition is more prevalent in long-distance runners or those who frequently engage in activities that involve repetitive toe movement. While runner’s toe is typically not a serious medical concern, it can be uncomfortable and may require treatment if pain or infection develops. Proper footwear can help prevent this condition, allowing runners to enjoy their sport without the discomfort of black toenails. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat runner’s toe.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Itasca Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Itasca and Hoffman Estates, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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