Runners Permanently Remove Toenails

Some consider extreme measures to relieve foot pain
Staff Writer

Becoming a serious runner almost always results in giving up the dream to become a foot model. Because—let’s get real—runners have gross toenails. Black and blue, swollen, a few missing completely—the list goes on. But according to The New York Times, some ultrarunners are going farther than other distance runners before them (pun totally intended) to free themselves from the pain their nails cause. How? Permanent toenail removal, which involved having acid poured directly on your nail beds.

The article interviews a handful of athletes who have had the procedure done, ultrarunners who wouldn’t even think twice about it and a few podiatrists. It’s definitely worth checking out (full disclosure: just reading about it made my stomach squirm). Read it here. 

Would you ever considering something so extreme to excel at your sport? Tell us in the comments!

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