Coming to Terms With Toenail Loss

Photo story: The stages of realizing your toenail will fall off.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. DISGUSTING FOOT PICTURES AHEAD.

  1. The early tingles. Your toe feels a little tingly, almost like you stubbed it and the pain is very faint, but not completely disappearing. At this point, there’s no sign of damage and you have hope that it will go away in the morning.
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  2. It didn’t go away. OK. It’s fine. Maybe it’s just a bruise. Maybe it’s lighting…
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  3. OK it’s not looking great. Should you paint over it or keep an eye on it? Will it be gone by sandal season?
     

  4. Yep, this baby is falling off. (Sandal season is here and you have no shame.)
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  5. SWEET RELIEF.
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I’ll keep you updated on the big one.

Note: I don’t entirely blame running for this one. I was in a shoe that wasn’t right for me (and got out of it before really digging into half marathon training), but I also dropped my bike (a heavy cruiser-style model) on my foot right around when Stage 1 was starting to dawn on me. I blame the bike for the big toenail 100%.

-K

 

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