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Anyone lost a nail to bad boot fit?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
I got new skis (Head Monster im77 177cm) and boots (Technica Vento 8) for this season - the skis are terrific, but the boots didn't fit right and the big toe on my left foot got seriously mashed during the first two days I was out with them, back in November. I got the boots punched out, still not a perfect fit but no more pressure up there.

But immediately, the nail went pretty dark red w/ lots blood underneath, it's been clearing since then and I've been skiing no problem since.

But now it feels like the nail wants to come off altogether.

Is this a big deal - like, doctor visit, etc? Please say no.
post #2 of 31
Just pull it off. Seriously.
post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Highway Star View Post
Just pull it off. Seriously.
Ack...no jive?
post #4 of 31
[quote=Is this a big deal - like, doctor visit, etc? Please say no.[/quote]


no.
post #5 of 31
Pull it off, or let it fall off. It'll grow back. Happened to me. Missed a throw in from left field. I'm a lousy softball player. I never went to a doctor. The top of the toe might be a little tender until the nail grows back.
post #6 of 31
I lost a nail the other day due to the park crew being retards.
post #7 of 31
A new nail will begin growing underneath and gradually you will loose the old nail. Can help it along as you see fit but try not to pull it off too soon. Takes about 4-6 months until the new one is there.
post #8 of 31
Heh. Welcome to my winters! Every damn winter. This winter was more severe as I got these really excellent socks (from the Epicski Sock Merchant) which made my feet comfy and the boots snugger, BUT, that vital millimetre of big-toe space was gone. actually the whole toe is a bit numb. Meanwhile, the toenails, which usually spend the whoel season going black and slowly dropping off, are gone! Well, the right one's gone, and the left one is on the way (went red, went black, lifted, and now i'm hacking bits off). which is good as I won't have to cover the dying black nail with nail polish when I get home and am wearing open shoes.
post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by Jaxson View Post
A new nail will begin growing underneath and gradually you will loose the old nail. Can help it along as you see fit but try not to pull it off too soon. Takes about 4-6 months until the new one is there.
I agree with this. My work required a lot of kneeling, and my nailbeds would become sore and tender from the pressure of my toes jammed up against my shoes. I lost several toenails this way. If you're going to lose the nail, a new one will start growing underneath, so just leave it Sometimes the pain goes away and you don't lose the nail after all.
post #10 of 31
lost a finger nail after a motorbike crash and broke the finger, took 4 months to fall off, and one more for the nail to regrow.

should be fine, watch for infection
post #11 of 31
I used to have the same thing happen every year. Then I got custom insoles and it quit. I don't know if that would help you, but use the information for what it's worth.
post #12 of 31
I think the WC Booster straps I got early last month also helped with the toe bang thing. No more sore shins or sore toes!
post #13 of 31
Bought a pair of boots a few years ago when I first started skiing. Didn't use them too much and so finally when I increased the ski days, they packed out bigtime and no longer fit. Skiied on them for 5 days over Christmas, and could barely walk my toes were in such pain. After two days, my right big toenail was pitch black and the other was halfway there.

Got orthotics for my boots and its better now (though still not optimal, this may be due to personal problems with my stance being too far in the backseat) but after about 2 months of having a black toe, the nail finally fell off. I was just going to let it be, but I noticed after a shower that it was squishy and barely connected. I lifted it up (there was no pain) and it just popped off. A new nail was already half grown under it, now that only thing I'm worried about is whether it will get ingrown.

The other toenail turned back to normal color, but I think the mashing caused a minor fungal infection.

Between ski boots and climbing shoes, my feet are not pretty. But it's priceless when I wear sandals to see the grossed out look on the Barbie Doll girls' faces when they see my mangled toes.

K.
post #14 of 31
I lost a nail when helping little kids put their boots on.
I treated myself to a manicure, where the nail tech sculpted me a new one. All Better!


On the serious side, I have not hat the toenail issue before, but I have a friend who has to keep his nails clipped somewhat short during ski season or he loses toenails regularly.
post #15 of 31
Buy a dremmel (sp) and grind it down.

If you go to the doctor, you better be ready for a torture session.
post #16 of 31
Custom footbeds and booster strap definately good suggestions...I have both and could not imagine skiing without either of them.

Also, too big a boot will cause nail problems as well as being in the back seat.
post #17 of 31
Thread Starter 
Sounds like a more common condition than I thought. This is my fourth pair of boots, first time I've encountered this. Thanks for the advice - I'll just let it come off in due course, since the new one's probably growing underneath it anyway. No pain at all, just I can feel the nail lifting off the toe a bit.

I had my Ventos punched out twice, two different insoles and a heel lift on the left side. I still get pretty nasty pain on the bottom outside corner of my heel on that side, but livable. And oddly, my right side always feels too loose.

Too bad - otherwise the boots are nice. Easy on/off, fairly insulating.
post #18 of 31
Guess I feel fortunate to have an easy foot that fits into Technica's right out of the box...
post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
Heh. Welcome to my winters! Every damn winter. This winter was more severe as I got these really excellent socks (from the Epicski Sock Merchant) which made my feet comfy and the boots snugger, BUT, that vital millimetre of big-toe space was gone. actually the whole toe is a bit numb. Meanwhile, the toenails, which usually spend the whoel season going black and slowly dropping off, are gone! Well, the right one's gone, and the left one is on the way (went red, went black, lifted, and now i'm hacking bits off). which is good as I won't have to cover the dying black nail with nail polish when I get home and am wearing open shoes.
What socks are those?
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by ColoradoDave View Post
No pain at all, just I can feel the nail lifting off the toe a bit.
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Duct tape that puppy, so it doesn't backslam and wreck the new one underneath.

& keep an eye out for fungus (part. in climbing shoes : ). My peroxide standby may be a bit too harsh; I'm told raw coconut oil may be effective.
post #21 of 31
My husband had a pair of Lange L10s and got a black toe nail every season. It got loose during waterski season and usually ripped off when removing his WS bindings.
post #22 of 31
Welcome to the world of correct boot fit.
I average two new toenails per year.
Lost one a month ago and the other is black now.
post #23 of 31
Do not tear it off, wait till it falls off or is loose enough to tear off without causing more injury (lots of blood). The nail will grow back. While its loose make sure to keep it clean or you could get an fungus infection.
post #24 of 31

I used to lose my toe nails every year!

Just about the time I wanted to go out in the boat, both big toenails would fall off - I just painted my skin with nail polish like there was a nail there. Then two years ago I realized that it wasn't that my boots were too TIGHT, they were TOO LOOSE!!! I must've been curling my toes up - causing the pressure : Once I tightened the first two buckles I never had the problem again! Same boots...just alot more comfortable! Whooda THUNK!!
post #25 of 31
As a veteran of many black/lost big toenails, (have currently have two), keep the nail on as long as possible. (Usually from getting in the "backseat" with the boots a little loose.) When it starts to lift from the sides or back (as the new one grows underneath) tape or band-aid it down so that it doesn't catch on socks, sheets, water-ski bindings (as previously mentioned), etc. Even if the old nail is not connected or barely connected try to keep it on for protection. If you don't want to do that, at least tape the toe. For me, once the nail is gone the skin has never toughened-up enough for me to stand any pressure on it all. Another issue that can occur once the nail is gone is the unprotected toe rises-up and the new nail grows "into it", instead of "over it". When this happened to me minor surgery was required to have this corrected. The doctor recommended always keeping some pressure on the skin in front of the new nail to prevent this. I also agree with one of the previous posts that recommended keeping the area clean. I usually just keep Neosporin under the nail or band-aid until the new nail grows in.
post #26 of 31
bloody hell. I'm off to duct tape the crap out of my toes right NOW.
post #27 of 31
Left one fell off after the season ended, right one in midsummer. Replacements didn't really protect the toe ends until November. Both were from one run with the boots too loose. I'll do my darndest to avoid letting that occur again.

post #28 of 31
Can someone put NSFW or breftist at the top of this thread please?
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Can someone put NSFHE (Not Safe For Human Eyes) at the top of this thread please?
Fixed it for you
post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by boisebob View Post
As a veteran of many black/lost big toenails.......
Thanks, Bob. I've been keeping a bandaid torqued down over it the last 8 days or so. It's gapping in the back but appears to be still connected at the sides.

I'm figuring I'll just keep it covered and tight until after ski season's over - at that point, it'll be rafting season and I'll be in my Tevas. It'll probably end up at the bottom of the Roaring Fork before May is out.
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