Toe Nails

How many have you lost??

18 messages
26/06/2005 at 21:30
Just looking at my minging feet and wondering if I'm above or below average??

Tiredgirl ks 3
26/06/2005 at 21:43

Last year I lost two black toenails (big toes). This year, one of the big toes has another black nail which is soon orf to somewhere in the sky!


26/06/2005 at 22:05
"Proud" to say my second toe (as in the one next to the big one) has turned a wonderful red colour. Does this qualify me as a runner? What causes this to happen? It was during my fastest 8 miles I have done but shoes were not new and I had socks on.
27/06/2005 at 15:06
None from running but lost two after bringing a family down from Kinder one winter.

There was a foot of snow on the ground and they were wandering around, lost, in T-shirts and jeans.

They all got down without a scratch but I lost 2 toenails after kicking a rock in the dark.
27/06/2005 at 15:52

Richard Askwith in "Feet In The Clouds" alludes to a practice of spearing your toenail with a red-hot paper clip to avoid losing it completely when you get bleeding under it.

He then says that readers wouldn't want to know more, but I certainly did! Anyone tried this?

27/06/2005 at 16:18
I've never had any problems with losing toenails, but I have had some great blood blisters recently - really yukky when they burst!
27/06/2005 at 16:19
27/06/2005 at 18:20
Tmap - no. The RW injury section suggests the same thing with a needle but at this stage, I am happier to lose a nail. Though I have a pretty high pain tolerance, this one just doesn't appeal.
27/06/2005 at 18:36
You can forget that hot needle lark! Eeek!

Got one black one, one going black and one recovering from having been black - not had any drop off yet, maybe I need to run faster.
27/06/2005 at 18:46
Do all black nails fall off? This could look bad in my flip flops this summer. Might even consider the paper clip if it avoided the loss!
28/06/2005 at 04:56
In my non-extensive experience they don't necessarily fall off. I've got one that's growing out normally now and didn't fall off - looks pretty wierd in the halfway stage.
28/06/2005 at 09:04
3 and the relief when they eventually come off is bliss!!!!!
28/06/2005 at 09:12
lost 4 earlier in the year - 2 big ones went first (result of NB road shoes banging them on a 1/2 marathon), followed by the 2 next to them (after Grim 8 - in NB trail shoes that seemed to have shrunk as no previous problems) have 4 lovely new nails - and no NB shoes!!
28/06/2005 at 09:20
Out of 10 toenails, I have 3 good ones at the moment...the other 7 are in various stages of discolouration, looseness, absence, regrowth

I paint them (and my toe if nail is absent) to avoid feeling ill when looking at my feet :(
28/06/2005 at 12:36
Well that killed the thread nicely didn't it :)
28/06/2005 at 12:37
I have 4 in various states of dead at the moment
28/06/2005 at 12:48
I'm down to just the one very black toe nail now - I also need to keep them painted to disguise it! I've quite regularly lost both my big toenails after periods of discolouration, pain and schelching. I'm not doing that hot needle lark. Urgh. Toenail situation improved ENORMOUSLY though with a new pair of running shoes - up until then I'd blamed it on my ugly old feet. However Trinity - only 3 good nails? - I advise you PUT THOSE FEET AWAY - it is lunchtime after all!
28/06/2005 at 12:53
Not lost any ... so far!

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