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after my first race in 2 years on sunday, i gained two black toenails (one on each foot, the toe next to my big toe.) a bit tender but not bad. went to attend to my feet and toenails last night and caught underneath the toe and a fair bit of blood came out (I suppose the black toenails were a blood blister.) I have since cleaned and put a plaster on but am wearing open toe sandals at work today to give them a bit of air. they are however a bit tender/sore.
my questions are
1 - is there anything i can do/put on them to relieve this soreness? i want to train this evening and i am taking part in a 3k on sunday and don't want to temporarily cripple myself.
2 - what can i do to prevent this happening in the future? is it possible i need to replace my shoes as it is 2 years since i did a fair bit of running and i have gained 3 - 4 stone in that time. would this have a bearing on my toe problem?
Sorry for going on a bit. And thanks in advance for any pearls of wisdom you may have.