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Discussion: loosing toenails

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Jan. 21, 2013
chettyboom
Men's 55
4 posts
loosing toenails
I have been having a problem loosing my big toenail on both feet as well as the two toenails next to the big one. They turn black and are very painful. I have punctured the nails to relieve pressure of blood a few times. I have been using boombahs for the last three years and have done everything that they have told me to do regarding size of shoe. I take a 10 1/2 and have tried 11's and 11 1/2 s. Has any body have any suggestions or recommendations to steer me in the right direction before i buy a new set of shoes. I play outfield and do a lot of running. Also I pitch run for players also .
Jan. 21, 2013
rightrj1
Men's 55
208 posts
I have had the same issues, what I did was, make sure before each tourney, I can get a Peticure most men won't do that, cause they think it only for women or gay guys! (watch it Fellas)!!! ...But a good foot rub does wonders for the body & mind! Make sure your nails are cut below the toe & buy your shoe size a 1/2 size bigger & wear two pair of socks when palying to help support those nails....You can also buy that nail fungus stuff in the drug store that will make your nails turn back white & strong...... Good luck I kknow its painful!
Jan. 21, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
756 posts
I lost my toenail on my left big toe. My problem was that I did not get my glove down quick enough when Charlie Carter hit one at me. 1st inning 1st game 2012, there were other places he could have hit me that I don't use......
Jan. 21, 2013
gott2play
Men's 55
146 posts
Fellas,

My wife and some of the girls on her women's team were having a similar issue, although not as bad. My wife said that she kept jamming her second toe (next to the big toe) inside the shoe which caused not only discomfort, but also the loss of that toenail sometimes.

They are all using a product called "Pro-Tec Athletic Toe Caps", a gel cap that fits over the toe. A condom for your toes boys. They're available on Amazon, $11.04 for a 4-pak. See attached link.

http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Tec-Athletics-Toe-Caps-Pack/dp/B0002RFO2A/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1358813902&sr=8-5&keywords=toe+savers

Tony
Jan. 21, 2013
Hit the gap
Men's 60
146 posts
I have lost the nails on both big toes too many times to count. In my case it was always from running to a base and stopping very quickly, driving the toe into the end of the shoe. My sliding days are over. I found that mesh turf shoes stopped that. More give at the end of the shoe. Also, keeping the nails cut short helps.
Jan. 21, 2013
marklawr
Men's 55
7 posts
I've suffered the same problems, plus playing an occasional tournament with an in grown toenail. I've been wearing Boombahs the last 5 years, and though I'm happy with them, either they are running small, or my feet have been growing. This last year I've gone up 1 size, and I also try to get a pedicure a week before tournaments....problems solved for me.
Jan. 21, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
395 posts
Hey marklawr, wait until you get into your 70's Your feet will advance a couple more sizes by then. You need to keep your belly down though or it could be 3 sizes. Guess it is good my feet are now 11.5 instead of 9 as I can still see my toes.....

C
Jan. 21, 2013
marklawr
Men's 55
7 posts
Crusher, if my feet advance a couple of more sizes, I'll be wearing 16's and looking for a clown job.
Jan. 22, 2013
Downs
50 posts

This is not an uncommon occurrence. Nothing can affect your play and comfort more than your feet, especially when they are hurting. There are three specific problems that can cause the loss, or blacking, of either, or both, the big toe or second toe nails. I have had this experience with only with Tanel's. I cannot wear them at all.

1. The shoe design has too sharpe an incline between the front of the shoe and toward the shoe laces. This results in the toe nails making contact with the top of the shoe and catches the toe nails when running, or stopping quickly. Need to assure you have sufficent room between the top of the shoe and the top of your toes. More of a boxlike fit.

2. Be sure you have sufficient room between the end of the shoe and your toe. This is the same problem experienced by hunters and mountian climbers. Feet swell when you exert yourself over a period of time and you must allow sufficient room to maintain foot comfort. Remember, you buy your shoes when you have not been exerting yourself and your feet are not swollen. Don't be ashamed to buy a one size, a size and a half, or even two sizes larger that you normally wear. Try on shoes before you buy them....

3. May sound funny, but a very important single issue is the way you lace up your shoes. If you run your shoe lace through the single center loop at the bottom of the shoe laces, whey you tie your laces you force the shoe's toe to pull backwards toward the toes and this in turn will force the toes to come into contact with the top of the shoe when you are running or stopping and that will pull against the toe nails. Result: adios toe nails. Better to look like a clown than to limp and not be able to run as not only do your feet hurt, but you may be huring the team too. GOOD LUCK..Jim D
Jan. 22, 2013
chettyboom
Men's 55
4 posts
thanks for all the guys
Jan. 22, 2013
chettyboom
Men's 55
4 posts
thanks for all the help guys
Jan. 23, 2013
DCPete
234 posts
If you're having toenail problems, especially ingrowns, you really need to do yourself a favor & go to a podiatrist.
A lot of these problems are caused by fungus infections & only a podiatrist can effectively/safely treat these.
Jan. 23, 2013
titanhd
Men's 50
334 posts
Never had foot problems until I wore BOOMBAHS.Absolutely The worst softball shoe for foot health.

The first thing to do when you buy a new pair of softball(Especially BOOMBAH) shoes is to rip out the insole and replace it with Shock Doctor or another orthopedic insole. I'm sure there are others but I found SHOCK DOCTOR to be the best. Also If you'll be using the same shoe that you used last season-replace the insole because there is absolutely nothing in that shoe that is supporting your feet.
Jan. 23, 2013
chettyboom
Men's 55
4 posts
I definitely don't have ingrown toenails. I think that I may have to try a size and a half bigger shoes. I am using a boombah mesh turf shoes now.
Jan. 23, 2013
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
had the same problem a couple of times, i decided to trim my toenails before tournaments and it stopped my problem. guess the running caused my toenails to be jammed into the front of the shoes. try that next time, or try a small piece of foam jammed into the front of the shoes to cushion the jamming. good luck, my .02c.
Jan. 23, 2013
garyheifner
361 posts
Started having the same issue with boombahs. Found that with a good pair of socks my toes were really tight against the top of the shoe and also tore the skin on top. Boobahs have little room. Went back to Tanels-no more problems.
Jan. 23, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
As mentioned above getting the shoes a half size larger should adjust for shoe maker differences and thicker socks.
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