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Toe condom? (Holes in socks)

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Stupid but serious question:

Despite filing down my toenails regularly (I even carry an emery board in my equipment bag) I still manage to ruin socks primarily where the big toe nail saws through the fabric (same problem with my bike socks, in fact).

I tried taping a piece of white medical splint wrap tape over the offending nails. Too soon to know whether its going to work, but the tape left a sticky mess behind that caused my after-ski socks to stick to my toe.

Any bears have a brilliant simple solution they employ to prevent this nuisance? I shedded one last year and thought that toe wouldn't be a problem for a while, but the replacement grew back really quickly.
post #2 of 29
Um, stupid question back: how long are your toenails?? You mentioned filing them, but not cutting them.
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eblackwelder
Um, stupid question back: how long are your toenails?? You mentioned filing them, but not cutting them.
Filed down as short as I can manage -- better than any nail cutter gizmo can manage (and less sharp, too!). But they still present that "edge" where the nail stops and slowly but surely all my socks quickly get threadbare in that exact location.

I can't be the only one!
post #4 of 29
See, here's the thing, Speede... It's gonna be painful, but if you had started as a young kid, you wouldn't be having this problem now.

Don't file your nails, and don't cut them. You need to shorten your nails the old fashioned way.. Find a nick in it and tear it off by hand. This will "cut" your toe nail shorter than it should be, causing some pain and possible bleeding. Don't worry about it. In a few days, you'll be fine. Keep doing this for years on end, and your nails will be a good 1/4" to 1/2" shorter than your toe. No more nails cutting through socks or black toe nails falling off from wearing ski boots 2 sizes too small.



you think I'm kidding, don't you?:
post #5 of 29
You'd have fun trying to "tear" my toenails, John. My wife follows your practice (drives me nuts), but mine are way, way too thick for that approach.

Speedeeeee, I clip my nails so there's toe flesh projecting beyond the end of the nails and then file them smooth.
post #6 of 29
Forget what JohnH said, do it in one step: apply a pair of pliers and yank. : :

No, JohnH is not kidding. I couldn't possibly tear my big toenail, as it is rock solid. But I have always cut it short, and it is therefore shorter than my toe itself, and doesn't cause me any trouble when skiing. (I don't file either)
post #7 of 29

Loose An Eye

KNEAL, nails like that you or a spouse could loose an eye. Wear protective gear.

Also, have you ever tried a dremel?
post #8 of 29
After years of nail issues I had both big toe nails removed permanently at the foot specialist. Best move I ever made. Had it done on a Friday afternoon and was good to go by Monday.
post #9 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by steelman
After years of nail issues I had both big toe nails removed permanently at the foot specialist. Best move I ever made. Had it done on a Friday afternoon and was good to go by Monday.
Uhhhhhhhhhhh, WHAT? I had an ingrown big toe nail once. Doc came in and told me he would have to "cut it down the middle and remove the outer margin." He left then came in a few minutes later. He cut down the nail about 1/3 of the way in. I about passed out the pain was so great. Then he pulled the offending section of nail off. I did pass out, after screaming for all I was worth. He though the nurse had given me a shot of "caine", she hadn't.

All I remember about the recovery was it took longer than a couple of days. Seems like it took me about 5 days to heal over and about 7 before I went back to football practice. But I didn't have any problems.

You must have had a "removal in place" where they killed the growth ring but didn't remove the nail itself and just let it "grow out". Right?

Man, that brings back some bad memories. Now I am all sweaty from just remembering that horror.

Mark
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by steelman
After years of nail issues I had both big toe nails reloved permanently at the foot specialist.
Steelman, are you being serious?

I guess holes in socks don't qualify as "issues", no?
post #11 of 29
speede541,

It is not your nail that is shreding your socks, it is your big toe. Seriously! I have a friend who has a worse problem as he not only destroys his socks but his running shoes too - right where his big toe ends. We observed how he walks and noticed that he had an unconscious tendency to walk with his big toe partially pointing halfway up on his forward stride and lowers down as he steps. This up and down motion bored a hole on his socks and even running shoes when he runs. He said that his mother walked like this too but did not realize he did the same while running.

If this is your problem, there is nothing you can do about it but be conscious with how you walk, run or ski.
post #12 of 29
Interesting theory Cyclist. If that is the case, maybe what you could do is to tape your big toe to the one next to it while walking. That would make you concious of what you are doing with that toe, and maybe able to get out of the habit.
post #13 of 29
Very useful information! Enjoy reading the tips! :
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyclist
...his big toe partially pointing halfway up on his forward stride and lowers down as he steps. This up and down motion bored a hole on his socks ...there is nothing you can do about it but be conscious with how you walk, run or ski.
Oh, cripes, if that's the case then forget about extracing my big toe nail, I'm shanking the whole flippin' toe off each foot. (Will I need new footbeds?: )

Tell you guys what, I'ma roll widda tape for a coupla more sessions and see where that gets me, sticky residue be damned. There is no way -- repeat, no way -- I'm going to begin focusing on whether my big piggies are experiencing oscillating erections as I'm sliding down the hill. Uh-uh, ain't happening!
post #15 of 29
Maddog and Speedy541, I am totally serious. Both Nails completely removed. First the doctor sprays a freezing agent on the toe and then injects some sort of Novacain into the toe (in 5 places). This was extremely painful, I almost soiled my britches. Then surgery removes the nail and some type of chemical is put on the toe to keep the nail from growing back. There are no stiches of any kind and I just had to change the dressing a couple of times. No more nail issues (black nails from ski boots or ingrown nails) for life. It has been at least 5 years and I am very happy. When having my current boots fitted the Technician noted that he had also had the same procedure on one of his feet and loved it - actually pretty common these days. I was considering taking a picture to show you but decided that I wouldnt want a picture of my feet circulating over the web - Gross
post #16 of 29
Most parts of the body are there for a reason..... do nails have such a purpose?
post #17 of 29
Steelman, I believe you, it's just that when that Doc ripped off my partial nail it took a while for me to regain cranial function and it took a while to heal. Seemed like a week for general healing and another before I was really up to snuff (but its been a long time, so memory is a bit fuzzy). Then again mine was for a very infected ingrown nails so maybe that slowed healing some (I remember a big pussy explosion then waking up with the nurse patting my hand.

I haven't had problems since. Ok, the occasional toe bang from poorly fitting boots but that was years ago. Sounds like a good procedure for those with serious big toe problems.

Mark
post #18 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by buns
Most parts of the body are there for a reason..... do nails have such a purpose?
I do know what buns are for.......
post #19 of 29
I've seen "toe protectors" in use.

I did a quick google and found these links

- Visco-GEL Toe Protector
http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?id=prod2517&CATID=100252&skuid=sku3025 17&V=G&ec=frgl_627578

- Pro-Tec Toe Caps Toe Protector
http://www.painreliever.com/protec_PT3300.html

- Pedifix - Visco-Gel Toe Protectors, 3 Nylon Gel Covers
http://www.myhealthcare21.com/PF333/...rotectors.html

- Toe Caps - Toe Protectors
http://www.shop.runningroom.com/prod...oducts_id=1136

Hope this helps.
post #20 of 29
How cool is that?! Thank you. Maybe now, my toes won't turn black and gross so that I can wear sandals in the summer again.
post #21 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by T-Square
I've seen "toe protectors" in use.

I did a quick google and found these links

- Visco-GEL Toe Protector....
I use these sometimes, but not for skiing (only have toe problems with tennis). They work fairly well. And I DO call them toe condoms.
post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
So, are these "Pro-Tec Toe Caps" thin enough to not affect boot fit?

Better yet, at $2.50 a pop ($10 for a box of 4) are they reuseable?

post #23 of 29

Have a similar problem. Haven't tried these yet but I found this at Amazon and going to give it a whirl.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Tec-Athletics-Toe-Caps-caps/dp/B0002RFO2A/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

 

 

®©

post #24 of 29

Darn Tough socks and you will NEVER rip them.. seriously

post #25 of 29
Okay, this is for sure the creepiest thread I've ever read on Epic. Too close to home, perhaps.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

Okay, this is for sure the creepiest thread I've ever read on Epic. Too close to home, perhaps.

roflmao.gif

 

I forgot I was even part of it ... long time ago. I am pretty sure I've discussed toes on epic more than I've discussed, you know, skiing...

post #27 of 29

has anyone ever killed a pair of these things?

 

Smartwool suck compared to them...

 

http://www.darntough.com/

post #28 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by speede541 View Post

Stupid but serious question:

Despite filing down my toenails regularly (I even carry an emery board in my equipment bag) I still manage to ruin socks primarily where the big toe nail saws through the fabric (same problem with my bike socks, in fact).

I tried taping a piece of white medical splint wrap tape over the offending nails. Too soon to know whether its going to work, but the tape left a sticky mess behind that caused my after-ski socks to stick to my toe.

Any bears have a brilliant simple solution they employ to prevent this nuisance? I shedded one last year and thought that toe wouldn't be a problem for a while, but the replacement grew back really quickly.

Yeah.  I have this problem.  It's not length, it's the "curve" of the nail.  Everyone else has flat toenails but mine curve so they actually wear through the top of the sock not the toe.  Some of the "accessories" above sound hopeful.  I just buy lots of ski socks.

post #29 of 29
This product is called Shoe Armour and prevents toe holes in running shoes. I had this problem with all my running shoes. Now I use this product and I don't get holes anymore! 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TGI2JAG
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