why do toenails fall off after running

БI see people for this all the time,Б says Suzanne Levine, MD, a Park Avenue podiatrist who offers Бfoot facialsБ at Institute Beaute and author of
My Feet Are Killing Me. БLong-distance running is the number one culprit, but I see it in skiers, tennis players, and ballroom dancers who wear high heels. Б (She tended to the two I knocked off descending Kilimanjaro. ) What happens is that inflexible shoes rub off the toenail, making it separate from the nail bed.


БItБs like a hammer repeatedly hitting the nail,Б says Dr. Levine. Trauma is occurring to the nail matrix (the place the nail grows from). Eventually the nail plate pops off. (Sorry, TMI? ) Lost toenails grow back, of course, but it takes six months. (And if the injury has damaged the nail matrix, the new nail will be thicker. ) Since injured nails often donБt come off immediately, walking around with bruised, loose nails that you know are going to fall off (hopefully not in yoga class) is not much fun.


Neither is getting in infection, which youБre at risk of as well. Has this happened to you? More than once? Runners and ballet dancers have something in common. toes that are far from pretty.


We asked podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera on the behalf of for advice on a common running problem missing toenails. Hey, it s gross but it happens. Here s what Dr. Sutera had to say: After a long run, sweat has built up and your feet are slipping around in the shoe a little more than if they were dry. The constant sliding back and forth of the toes which jam into the front of the shoe causes micro trauma.


This micro trauma can loosen the nail plate which will then cause it to eventually fall off. The good news is that most of the time the nail will grow back without any sign of the injury. Some tips for prevention: make sure your shoes fit. Shoes that are too tight will press, shoes that are too loose will create more room to slide around.


Shoes must be just right. Also keep your nails on the shorter side. If your nail is too long it is also susceptible to trauma, injury and damage. And lastly, wear sweat absorbing socks, or lightly power your feet to absorb extra moisture. So keep those feet dry and in your running shoes before your next marathon. [ RELATED : RELATED :