Why Do I Have Purple Toenails Without Having an Awesome Purple Manicure?


If you don’t tend to pay any attention to your nails, it might be time to start. It can be easy to ignore our toenails as they are hidden away most of the time, but if you notice that they are not the pink color you would expect, it could be slightly alarming. Purple toenails are a common problem and there are a range of potential causes.

Why Do My Toenails Look Purple?

The most likely cause of purple nails is an injury or trauma to the area which results in bruising under the nail. If you have been out running or you have undertaken a lot of heavy exercise, this is probably the reason for the discoloration. You may have dropped something onto the affected area or hit your toe against something. If you haven’t been exercising and you have no knowledge of any trauma to the area, you might want to delve further into the potential causes.  It may be that you have poor circulation, as this often shows up as purple toenails. If you are unsure about the cause, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Are There Home Remedies for Purple Toes?

If your purple toenails are down to running or an injury, the problem will usually clear up on its own. When you are aware that a purple discoloration is a direct result of injury or trauma, you should inform yourself on when to seek medical attention.

It is important to take care of your nails, especially if you are involved in a lot of physical activity. You should soak your feet after a run and make sure you wear good quality, comfortable trainers. It is also worth taking vitamins to keep yourself in top condition. If your purple toenails are down to poor circulation, a compressor stocking may be useful and a good clean diet, together with plenty of water.

This is a great compression stocking that’s designed for runners!

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The doctor may be able to advise on medication to take to eradicate your purple nails, if necessary.

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Are Purple Nails Normal?

Purple nails are more common than you might think and if you ask a runner if they have experienced this issue, you’ll most likely receive a positive response! In many cases, nails will become discolored and eventually fall off.  Poor circulation is also relatively common, especially in cold weather. If you have any concerns about your purple nails, you should seek advice from your doctor.

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