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Toenail loss
The battle scars from my first half marathon back in November are finally about ready to take their leave: I had two black toenails (both on my big toes) and the nails are about to pop off. Half of me is thoroughly and extremely creeped out by this fact, and the other half of me is a little proud of getting to this "milestone". Haha!

Due to a back injury, I haven't been running in a few weeks and I noticed that the nail was coming loose during this time. I'm also a rock climber, but again due to my back, I haven't done that in a while either. My back's finally feeling better so I'm aching to go out and do something. But should I take it easy to avoid too much pressure on my nails? Climbing constitutes wearing very form fitting shoes and sometimes putting a lot of pressure onto my toes. Running is as we all know it. :)

I want to avoid having them snap off too early and damage the skin or get ingrown nails, but at the same time, if I'm not able to do something active very soon, I may explode! What should I do?
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leftofcenter From: leftofcenter Date: February 25th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I've lost two toenails due to marathons. I kept running on them and never had any problems. That being said, black toenails are really not a good thing; it means something with your shoes isn't quite right.
queenkel From: queenkel Date: February 25th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always injure the nail next to my big toe during marathon season. I think if the nail is ready to come off naturally, it is pretty much healed underneath. I would go about your business. They also sell little toe tube bandaid type things if it is tender. It comes in like a foam tube and you cut off pieces that slip over your toe. In the drug store foot aisle. Also you may want have a shoe guru check that you have enough room in the toe box of your running shoe. Hope this helps.
mayabutta From: mayabutta Date: February 25th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I band-aid or tape them before working out to make sure I don't rip them off prematurely. Mostly I just don't want to cause myself a whole lot of unnecessary pain.
jessibeaucoup From: jessibeaucoup Date: February 25th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go for a bike ride? Sorry... I couldn't help myself;). I've never personally had that problem but I know tons of people who have from the downhill legs of Hood to Coast. I, too, would recommend having your shoes fitted for sufficient room in the toe box and taping until they fall off on their own.
cling_n_clatter From: cling_n_clatter Date: February 26th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I fell down the stairs and bruised up my toe and lost my nail from that. I kept it wrapped every day until I was away on vacation and the nail was so close to falling off. I was out walking one day when the nail moved under the gauze and it hurt so bad that when I got back to the hotel, I just cut it off (it was only hanging by half the nail). The other nail was mostly already grown in so it wasn't terrible, but that last day was pure torture until I just did it in and got rid of it.
lost_dreamer44 From: lost_dreamer44 Date: February 26th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
My black toenail fell off about a month after my first marathon. I was wearing flipflops in the rain, and it got all wet and just fell off. I ended up not having a nail for a good 5 or 6 months, but there was no pain or infection or anything. I'd say, as long as there is no pain and it's about to come off anyway, just rip it off. I'm a rock climber, too, and I had no problem with my climbing shoes afterwards.
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