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Toenail Injury

Discussion in 'Injuries' started by krizael, May 3, 2014.

  1. krizael

    krizael Regular Member

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    Hi guys

    I need your advice on how to prevent toenail injuries, everytime im playing badminton my toenails would hurt and is causing blood underneath the toe.

    Shoes im wearing right now is pure gumsole and fitted perfectly

    Is it my footwork?

    Please help me if you too are experiencing the same issue
     
  2. henrychenn

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    HelloI used to have this problem, is it your big toe that is hurting?You say your shoes fit perfectly but I beg to differThis happened to me and other people I know because their shoes are slightly too big, meaning every time you lunge your foot moves inside the shoe and your big toe hits against your shoe, the blood underneath the toe has most likely dried by now meaning your toe nail will possibly fall off, when it does make sure to disinfect your toe really well as you don't want it to get infected, then I would see about getting a new pair of shoes half a size smaller if that's the issue
     
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    krizael Regular Member

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    Thanks for the advice!

    Yes my big toe is hurting, so you,re saying that everytime we lunge we shouldnt make our big toe hit against the shoe? I might need to double check my footwork during lunges
     
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    Make sure your toenail is trimmed short.
     
  5. krizael

    krizael Regular Member

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    Yes my toenails are trimmed, its really bothering me that when I play i would get my toe hurt badly
     
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    Make sure that your shoe is tied well and properly tight so that your feet won't move in your shoe so much,your feet will always move in a shoe as fabric stretches after wear, however if your shoe is slightly too large then there is more movement, this means you'll get a larger impact when your foot moves, what you have is called RUNNERS TOE
     
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    Thanks! I'll keep that in my mind, i think i need to wear two pair of socks so there'll be no movement in my shoes at all.
     
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    yes, BE CAREFUL. This didn't really happen to me until I bought Head shoes (the ones I have now). During singles, I must have lunged too much during a tournament because I began to notice a large amount of blood store underneath the toenail. Eleven weeks and two days later, the toenail is coming off soon (it is loose), and research has told me that 18 months is the standard growing time for the big toenail. it is probably not a footwork problem, especially because I have trained my footwork extensively for the past 20 months, and it didn't happen until eleven weeks ago. My shoes are Head Speed Pro Lite 2, squash shoes. They are significantly heavier than most badminton shoes, weighing over a pound each. These shoes probably aren't a problem for squash players because of their different set of footwork, but I can confidently say that I will never buy shoes online again, because I thought that BOTH shoes totaled at just over a pound, not EACH shoe. Stick with badminton shoes, and to physical stores, as much as you can.
     
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    happened to me since when I lunge, my toe hits the end of my shoes (I have a wide, but not long feet).
     
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    Sorry for the 3 months old thread.

    Do you guys get black toenails? My podiatrist said I am constantly getting trauma on my toes which is the main cause of my toenail turning black. He sent my toenail for examination and they are not due to fungal. I am suspecting probably due to running around the court, lunging and sudden start stop etc. I also jog if I am not playing badminton.. (runner's toe) that could contribute to the issue.

    http://www.footvitals.com/toenails/black-toenail.html
     
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    That's what happened to me in a tournament, unfortunately. I think the most you can do is make sure your shoes are light and fit well.
     
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    I have had this problem for over a decade and only found a solution in recently years.

    As mentioned above, I have to clip my big toe nail back and also file the edge down so there is a chamfer. I do this every week.

    But the other important thing I find that helps is to tie my top two lines of the shoe lace very tightly. This stops the foot sliding forward in the shoe. It can be a little uncomfortable at first, but if the "tongue" on the shoe and your socks are thick enough, it's actually ok.

    Hope it helps.
     
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    There are possibly two causes:

    1) the foot slides in the shoe and the toe nail bangs against the shoe leather on lunges.

    2) the shoe fits so well, the toe nail is against the leather already. Any front lunge will cause the repeat impact on the toe nail.

    Solution: tieing up the shoelaces well - remember to release them after a few games.

    And, making sure there is a little space between the toe and front leather so that the toe is totally clear.

    An extra sock can help but not by padding the toe. It makes your foot a bit wider in the shoe so tieing up the laces makes the foot more secure within the shoe.
     
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    It's very common problem among badminton players I think. Hurts, but no big deal. Clipping them before a tournament usually helps. Mine usually turn blue if I do a lot of desperation footwork where you have to run and then a sudden stop at the net. No matter how good you lace it, that will always hurt... My problem is that my big toes sometimes fractures from these types of movements. And that hurts so much more.
     
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    Fracture?! Yikes, rather you lose the point than fracture your toe. :eek:
     
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    I know this kind of injury is common to any sports who wears close shoes. I know that toe nails get traumatize for 2 reason. 1 is the shoes it maybe too loose or too small. Choose the right shoes that fits your feets and you should be comfortable. 2 it is because of the socks. Choose the socks thats best fit for you feet and budget.
     

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