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bunny_ninja2010-12-13 16:10:00 +0000 #1
My big toe on my my right foot...

The top left corner *hurts* after about 40 miles. My mom says it is an 'ingrown toenail'. It doesn't look bad. i suppose it bends in and down a bit more than my other big toe's nail...

I can't exactly trim the nail more - I think that'd make it actually 'ingrown'.

the toenail pain is pretty sharp, and it makes the long rides rather painful. I've been doing some hilly rides in high temps/humidity. Everything is fine -- except the toenail.

The shoes are not new. I've had them since February. I am afraid to get a pedicure, so I haven't had some nut trimming my nails too much (I hate how close down they get).

Any suggestions for alleviating the pain *or* even fixing my problem?
KnottedYet2010-12-13 16:14:20 +0000 #2
I see this a lot with my patients.

You might want to look into larger shoes, or shoes with a wider toe box, or shoes built on a more "curved last"; especially during the warm season.

(it's the shoe's fault, not the toenail's fault)

Edit To Add: the reason it matters more in the warm season is because feet are juicier in the warm weather and take up more room.
bunny_ninja2010-12-13 16:28:42 +0000 #3
My sidi's... :-(

I do so love them.
KnottedYet2010-12-13 16:34:35 +0000 #4
You can ask a shoe repair shop to stretch the medial side of the toe box. They've got cool stretcher thingys. Or you can stretch it yourself with a broom handle.

Jam the broom handle into the area that touches your big toe.

Work the broom handle into the shoe in that spot, stretching it, for about one or two TV shows. (you need something to distract you, cuz this is a boring procedure)

Keep trying the shoe to make sure you are beating up the upper in the right spot.

Repeat as necessary.
marni2010-12-13 17:42:31 +0000 #5
I would also check the fit of my socks- if there is a seam it can be a pressure point on you toe(s). I am very picky about my socks because of this.

Kiwi Stoker2010-12-13 17:31:27 +0000 #6
Go to a podiatrist and get your feet checked and nails trimmed. They will show you how you can trim your nails so there's no sharp points digging in.

Contrary to what some people say, cutting your nails straight across DOESN'T prevent ingrown toenails. The rule is DON'T do self surgery!



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