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Losing My First Toenail... (Read 109 times)


Hip Hip Hooray

    "Please no photos, please no photos"  <------ me, upon opening this thread.

     

    I think this is your indocrination into becoming a real runner.  I hear you gotta sacrafice a toe nail or two.  I haven't yet gotten to that point. Big grin

     


    Sloooow.

      PLEASE tell me this is only common with people with high mileage?!

       

      Some of my worst nightmares are about nails falling off (and teeth falling out). Makes me shudder.

      catty


      Goddess of the Cuisine

        Yeah, when my shoes don't fit properly.


        Mmmmm...beer

          PLEASE tell me this is only common with people with high mileage?!

           

          Some of my worst nightmares are about nails falling off (and teeth falling out). Makes me shudder.

           

          Mine only happened because my feet were soaking wet for my first half.  From the wet socks I ended up with a huge blood blister that went under the nailbed and the nail ended up coming off.  I don't lose toenails during my regular training.  I got another blister (not nearly as bad) at my 20k, again, wet shoes/socks.  If it's a regular run in the rain I'm fine and don't get blisters, and I don't get blisters when my feet stay dry, but it seems that a race effort in wet socks will get me.  I did load up my feet with bodyglide for my 20k, since I knew it was going to be raining, so that probably helped.  Ill fitting shoes seems to be the biggest culprit for others.

          -Dave

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            PLEASE tell me this is only common with people with high mileage?!

             

            Some of my worst nightmares are about nails falling off (and teeth falling out). Makes me shudder.

             

            Don't worry, teeth falling out doesn't happen until you hit about 35-40 miles or so...

             

            Big grin

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              You can save them if you take care of them right away. might sound gross but this works!! When you first notice the black, which of course is actually blood, then take a straight pin needle or the end of a paper clip. Heat the end until it gets red hot, and carefully push the trip through the middle of tonail.  Careful not to touch the skin underneath. This will allow the blood under tonail to exit through hole. It will also relieve the throbbing instantly. Best of all you wont loose the nail. Works great on finger nails as well.

              Awood_Runner


              Smaller By The Day

                I haven't lost one to running yet, but is it like when you drop a sledge hammer on your toe?  Last time I got a black nail that way, I drilled a tiny hole in it and let the blood out from where it originated.  It reduced the pressure, kept the black to a small area, and the nail didn't fall off.  It just grew out.  I wonder if that works for running related black nails?

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                Awood_Runner


                Smaller By The Day

                  I should have read this before I posted.

                   

                  You can save them if you take care of them right away. might sound gross but this works!! When you first notice the black, which of course is actually blood, then take a straight pin needle or the end of a paper clip. Heat the end until it gets red hot, and carefully push the trip through the middle of tonail.  Careful not to touch the skin underneath. This will allow the blood under tonail to exit through hole. It will also relieve the throbbing instantly. Best of all you wont loose the nail. Works great on finger nails as well.

                  Improvements

                  Weight 100 pounds lost

                  5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)

                  10K 48:59 April 2013

                  HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013

                  MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013

                     

                    Mine only happened because my feet were soaking wet for my first half.  From the wet socks I ended up with a huge blood blister that went under the nailbed and the nail ended up coming off.  I don't lose toenails during my regular training.  I got another blister (not nearly as bad) at my 20k, again, wet shoes/socks.  If it's a regular run in the rain I'm fine and don't get blisters, and I don't get blisters when my feet stay dry, but it seems that a race effort in wet socks will get me.  I did load up my feet with bodyglide for my 20k, since I knew it was going to be raining, so that probably helped.  Ill fitting shoes seems to be the biggest culprit for others.

                     

                     

                    QUOTE: ooops picked the wrong message!! Argh!!

                      PLEASE tell me this is only common with people with high mileage?!

                       

                      Some of my worst nightmares are about nails falling off (and teeth falling out). Makes me shudder.

                       

                      Yeah usually high mileage or loose fitting shoes. Although my last one occured when I dropped a steel SCUBA clyinder on it. Happened instantly with zero miles! Big grin


                      Ultra Cowboy

                        Cowboy up cupcake....Or I'll post my toe from the night after my first 50k.  It was throbbing so bad, I was convinced pulling it off would make it feel better....The beers and tequila from that night may have contributed to the application of the multi tool that night....

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                        Boss of the Mangoes

                          Eww, you guys are gross.  Another reason I'm glad I don't wear normal running shoes.  Not a problem for me.  A friend posted a photo from losing a nail during a long run this weekend- half the sock was soaked in blood.  Gross.

                           

                          I have lost a couple of toenails before, though.  Once from wearing ill-fitting cleats for soccer in high school (it just fell off eventually).  The other time was when a horse stepped on my foot.  Hurt like a mother, I even went to the ER because we thought I'd broken my foot.  The doctor lanced the nail (as has been suggested here) and it felt sooo much better.  That one eventually fell off, too.

                          "...You have to have faith, to know that you can do what you want to do."  -Joseph Nzau

                          Coastal


                            I know about the drill a hole in the toenail trick, but the way I get black toe it doesn't work.  Wish it did.

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