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Old January 6th, 2010, 06:23 AM   #1
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Default Toenails! OOps! Lost another one

Do any of you guys that skate many miles on trails loose toenails? If I skate more that say 25 miles it is 50/50 that I will have a purple toenail and it will soon fall off. It happens so often I don't even care much but it does cut my trail time down. I think my toenails tap the foot bed as I skate even though I try to relax them. I have added extra padding under them as well. It seems rough surfaces makes it more likely to happen.
I have been told that it happen to some other skaters.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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I skate a couple of hundred km a week ... never lost a toenail in 18 years.

Most likely guess: your boots are too small?
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Old January 6th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #3
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I skate a couple of hundred km a week ... never lost a toenail in 18 years.

Most likely guess: your boots are too small?
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Old January 6th, 2010, 04:10 PM   #4
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No my boots feel great. It is usually "roast beef" ( the middle one) not the big toe. I think my toes are curling over more as I have gotten older for some reason.
So the nails can reach the foot beds. Perhaps a podiatrist is needed. I was just hoping others had the same experience came up with a solution to improve it.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #5
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Happy New Year Skater Friends! If I don't have a couple black nails on my toes, I know I'm not skating enough. Mine come from any shoe, not just skate boots. Since mine are usually big or little toe nails, I know from my experience the toe box is too narrow/short, etc. Seems to happen after long skates (2+ hours) or walking around the theme parks for half a day or more. But, who cares?...

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Old January 6th, 2010, 09:06 PM   #6
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It comes from something working the toenail up and down as you skate. For most people, if the skate is too small, the toes hits the end of the toebox and then they get have the problem. Sounds like for you, your toes are curled enough to touch the footbed, which probably makes it harder to fix. Definitely keep the nails trimmed as short as safely possible. Maybe a different sock would help?
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Old January 6th, 2010, 09:43 PM   #7
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I skate a couple of hundred km a week ... never lost a toenail in 18 years.
Most likely guess: your boots are too small?
Edward, try using words. I'm sure we'd all understand
the intent of your reply much better. Are you dreaming
of skating that much yourself or questioning his numbers?

This fall and winter so far , I've averaged about
6 hours a week in my skates at indoor practice.
Summer skating and A2A training specifically I am
probably a little more time wise, but definitely
more roll time as a percentage of the time in my
skates. Ditto on never losing a nail... ... in my 30
years of skating!*
LOL Definitely agree with the
too small boot theory.

*(I actually didn't skate between 1984 and 1991,
so do the math, yeah, yeah, whatever )
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Old January 7th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #8
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I bet you are right about the back and forth motion being the culprit. I looked at Google Image. I have claw toe. And I saw diffrent devices to re-position the toe. I will give it a try.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 01:12 AM   #9
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Just to finish this toe thread up!
I saw a Sports Medicine Dr. and she said that I do have a mild claw toe and to use a toe strainer to reposition the stupid thing only when I skate. It works great but looks lame barefoot.

See you on the trails,
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Old February 7th, 2010, 07:37 PM   #10
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Default Prone to Nail Fungus

I work for a Nail Care Distributor that sells products to Salons...

Many athletes who are on thier feet alot are prone to Toe Nail Fungus.
Which is hard to treat. Especially basketball players who are
jumping up and down, skaters, runners, etc...

It's important for you to know that when you injur you nails (toe or finger)
and it turns black and falls out, you are really prone to getting a
Nail Fungus, which can be Black, yellow or white nail.
Its best for you to use an Anti-Fungal product on ALL your nails,
especially the ones that are discolored and the ones that
have previously fallen out.
Types of anti-fungal you can buy over-the-counter (that I suggest)
"Vite 20" by Blaine Labs
"Formula 3" by the Tetra Corp.

You could get a Prescription from your doctor, but that
has negative side affects such as liver damage.

If you already have a fungus infection, it takes 3-6 months of
twice daily application to get rid of it. And treating a fungal infection
is like treating any other infection with antibiotics.. In that
You must Use All of the Anti-biotics until and even after your infection is gone. So Same with Fungus, you have to treat it everday until and even after it is gone. If you stop and start and dont treat until it is gone,
the fungus will take forever to go away..

You could also use an over-the-counter fungal PREVENTATIVE
such as "Tolnaf Oil" by the Tetra Corp
or Tea Tree Oil, which will help prevent you from getting a
Fungal Infection if you dont already have one.
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