16 October 2011

When Toenails Fall Off


From Food to Feet, this is a post all about Toenails falling 
off. More specifically, my Toenail. Are you as excited as I am?


Before I reveal what is under the bandage, or not under the bandage, it would help 
to give you some background information on why my toenail fell off in the first place!


As shocking and freaky as it may seem, falling off of toenails, known as Onychoptosis, 
is quite a common condition. There are 2 main reasons for this: Fungus and
 Injury. In both cases, the nail initially changes colour before weakening and falling off


In this case, my nail colour is pink, but only because I clearly
 painted my toenails a week prior. Underneath the paint, the
 nail was bruised and slightly orange/brown in some regions


But I can assure you, this is not due to a fungus, but an injury to my big toe


Cause: Long walking in sneakers that were a bit too small 
for my feet as well as not consistently clipping my toenails


When you run, jog, walk or play sports wearing tight shoes, your toenails repeatedly hit 
the top edges of the shoes. This makes sense why many athletes are prone to toenail
 and foot injuries. Such injuries, either causing bruising or bleeding, can damage the 
nail. Over time, the nail weakens and begins to detach from the toe, eventually falling off 


The surface underneath is not as soft as you'd expect it to be. There was already a 
new nail forming and growing underneath which I could feel closer to the cuticle


And it was virtually pain-free peeling the nail off since it was 
already 90% detached. The only pain came from that small patch of 
skin that was stuck to the toenail (evident in the pink flesh, upper left)


10 Tips to Prevent Your Toenails from Falling Off

1. Wear shoes made of breathable materials that offer stability, protection and balance
2. Use caution when performing in sports
3. Wear clean socks and shoes daily
4. Completely dry your feet after they have come into contact with water
5. Trim toenails straight across
6. If possible, wear shoes with steel toe boxes when working around heavy objects
7. Shoes should be ½ to 1 inch longer than the longest toe
8. Practice proper hygiene habits on a daily basis
9. Wear socks made of breathable materials
10. During the healing process, take extra care of your toenail


JASON Tea Tree Nail Saver made with 70% Organic Australian Tea 
Tree Oil is a great natural topical treatment to help protect the nails


Question: Have you ever lost a toenail or fingernail?

14 comments:

Cupcake Kat said... [reply]

I have had a toenail fall off. I was wearing my skates and needed to walk up some stairs, I then hit my toe on a step, bruised my toenail, and about a week later my toenail fell off.

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said... [reply]

Strangely, I have managed to never lose a toenail or fingernail. I've had some mighty awesome bruises and whatnot, but they have never fallen off. I guess I'm lucky :)

Lauren said... [reply]

I use the same stuff! Love it :)

Kara said... [reply]

Ouch, ouch, ouch! I'd probably pass out if my toenail fell off! That being said - I've never had it happen before. I've mangled a fingernail pretty good, but it never fell off completely.

I hope your toenail grows in quickly!

nicoleandgwendolyn.com said... [reply]

i've lost more toenails than i'd like to remember! back in the day, i danced ballet. as anyone could imagine, the pressure of dancing upon wooden blocks prompted havoc to my poor toes! i would pour hydrogen peroxide upon the open wounds and naked toes for cleaning! it burned like heck but always resolved the problem. now, almost 15 years later, i see a regular aesthetician and podiatrist who maintenance my feet, and the toenails no longer fall off. thank goodness! oh, and i wear peep toe heels whenever possible, even with yoga pants. that also helps. :) x

Emily said... [reply]

I lost one of my big toenails a few years ago thanks to moving gym equipment with no shoes on. Big mistake. I definitely would rather not go through it again!
I hope yours grows back quickly and that you don't have to deal with anymore lost toenails!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

Ouch!!!! Here's hoping that nail grows back in good time!

Jessica Skye Davies said... [reply]

This is quite relevant to me at the moment. I just lost mine this afternoon (same toe as yours, oddly.) It was from a ridiculously minor injury, i was out dancing one night this summer (early September, maybe?) and whoever i was dancing with at the moment missed their step and landed on my toe. My shoes were sandal style heels with no platform - sadly! I didn't think anything of it at the moment, just went on dancing. That next morning it was a liitle sore and kind of "weepy." It wasn't killing me either though and i pretty much ignored it. After a week or so it didn't bother me at all any more. I noticed a couple weeks afterward when i went to remove the nail polish that there was hematoma under the nail, but again, it didn't hurt and wasn't weeping/bleeding or anything. A few weeks ago, i noticed the nail was quite brittle and seemed like it was getting ready to come off before long.

And today it did. It's not at all painful, just... weird. I guess i'm glad winter's coming so i won't be wearing any open toes (it's not pretty to look at), but on the other hand, i have to wonder if i shouldn't be letting the healing nail bed "breathe" as much as possible too, when i'm not in winter boots.

Not sure what i should be doing for it, exactly, but loosely covering it with guaze or a band-aid when i have socks/shoes on or some place where it could pick up dust/debris/dirt seems advisable i would have to imagine.

Erica White said... [reply]

I can't imagine how painful that must be. Some podiatrists I talked to says the same advice. It's really important to wear comfortable and breathable shoes all the time.

Unknown said... [reply]

I loose my toenails all the time :P I hate it especially in flip flop season!

meowmix said... [reply]

I loose my toenails all the time :( I especially hate it during flip flop season :P

Lydia O'Connor said... [reply]

my toenail fell off today, but its not fully off theres a tiny bit left to cover my cutical (thankfully) as there was no nail under the surface just very sensitive and sore skin and exposed cutical ! I stubbed my toe on holiday last week and it bled quite badly and with further examination i noticed the nail was loose and now a week later i'm nail-less :(

karen zoulias said... [reply]

Sometimes the cause of falling nails is nail fungus. There is a natural solution to this embarrassing problem, Zetaclear. http://fungi-nail.org

karen zoulias said... [reply]

Sometimes the cause of falling nails is nail fungus. There is a natural solution to this embarrassing problem, Zetaclear. http://fungi-nail.org

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