The importance of cutting your toenails.

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  1. cluckcluck

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    I've always maintained my toenails trimmed, though recently I kind of let them go a little. Much to my surprise, my most recent hits resulted in one toenail literally cutting into the neighboring toe!
    Ouch!

    Remember kids, keep your toenails short!
     
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  2. SwankPeRFection

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    Any guy who doesn't keep super short nails on their hands or feet is nasty. Cut your damn nails or paint them and wear a skit. :p
     
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  3. SpitFire

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    I know that feel. :oops:
     
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    I have been biting my toenails for ages. This is a very good streching exercise:)
     
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  5. charliefedererer

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    Also avoids painful black toes from the nails jamming into the nailbeds.
     
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  6. mikeler

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    Just ran into that with a nail that I had let grow too long. Cut those nails folks.
     
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    I threw up a little in my mouth.
     
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  8. henman_fan

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    Ouch. Thanks for informing us all. I am pretty lazy with trimming toenails, but I'm sufficiently scared by this to take better care.
     
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  9. lucky44

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    ^^^^^^This.Plus it increases the life of your socks.
     
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  10. Muppet

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    Couldn't I increase the time between trimmings by just wearing open-toe sandals? During the winter, I agree that it's especially important to trim the toe nails before going skiing. Those ski boot shells are solid!
     
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  11. RiggensAuroraHO

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    Is this the comic section of the forum???
     
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  12. jrs

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    But don't trim them too short - could cause in grown toe nails. That's not good either!
     
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  13. Chas Tennis

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    Also Consider Measuring Your Foot Size.

    For most of my adult life my feet were 12s.

    Several year ago I started feeling some discomfort in the toe area. I discovered that my feet had become 13s!

    Two years ago I began to notice toe discomfort especially in the toe nail area. Now I'm a 14!

    My second toe is the longest and that nail tends to bend over to grown in contact with the front of the toe - it's hard to get a clipper under that toenail. I think the shoe is causing that nail to bend but I don't know. Almost any shorter toe can press its toenail into the side of a longer toe unless cut close. This is worse if the shoe is too small, especially in the toe area.

    I realize that there is an imbalance condition (hormones?) that can cause adult growth (is it a thyroid condition?). The rest of my body has not changed and I've discussed with Drs so I don't think that's it.)

    I learned that shoe sizes can change for adults and that the length difference between shoe sizes is only about 5/16" (size 13 to 14). A search on the internet for shoe size gives the exact dimensions for the sizes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_size

    Also, I learned that the shoe selection in size 14 is very limited especially since the width of my foot is now very narrow for the normal size 14D shoe. Most size 14Ds are too wide.............. New Balance offers the most shoe sizes with varying widths, Addidas D width is/might be cut relatively narrow,...."Let me look at your size 14AAs please."
     
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  14. Muppet

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    In New Balance I take a 12. In Asics I take a 12.5. In Prince, Nike, and Adidas I take a 13.
     
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  15. dak95_00

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    I've had this happen too but the worst ever was playing after I clipped my toenails and didn't file them properly. I had used some dull clippers which also didn't help.

    Here is what happened:
    I was playing tennis and running forward quickly then had to go back sharply. My feet slipped inside my shoes forward just a bit and my large toe's nail caught on the inside top of my shoe. It lifted it up and back. Serious Pain!!!! It happened on both feet and the nails turned black and came off weeks later.

    There two things I now do.
    1) Clip and file my nails.
    2) I make certain there is nothing inside my shoes my feet could ever catch on such as ridges from leather meeting, etc.
     
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  16. Chas Tennis

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    The next time that you put on your tennis shoes try putting your finger under the laces down near the toes. I see many people who don't snug up the laces down by the toes. I believe that the long series of laces is put on athletic shoes to apply the constricting force evenly along the foot so that the shoe & foot stay together. You have to tighten the laces over the toes first and move up.

    A friend of mine who dislodged his big toe nail completely - on the day of the match - had very loose strings there. I tighten the front of my strings if I feel my foot move forward.
     
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