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Damaged toenails from wearing FiveFingers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

No joke, I've damaged half (i.e. five out of ten) of my toenails from running trails with my FiveFingers.

I've lost three of them, which grew back. And the other two have blood sitting underneath the nail.

Anyone else have this happen to them? Maybe I just need to be more careful.

Edit: They are from hitting rocks/stumps, not the size.

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on November 11, 2011
at 12:32 AM

What VFF style are you wearing? Maybe you just need a bulkier pair for rough trail runs, and keep the slimmer profile VFF's for paved trails.

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Lol thanks for the tip, I guess at this point I am just wondering if it has happened to anyone else. Or if I'm just reckless.

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:06 PM

They are from hitting rocks/stumps, not the size. Should have clarified.

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Agree, try a bigger size. My big toe used to poke through the mesh of whatever running shoe I was wearing. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize I needed bigger shoes. Love my 5F's, by the way. My full-time running shoe at this point.

Oh. Just saw your PS. Avoiding rocks would seem to be in order, when making contact with same so often leads to injury. Just saying.

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Lol thanks for the tip, I guess at this point I am just wondering if it has happened to anyone else. Or if I'm just reckless.

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:04 PM

The size of the shoe is not the issue. They should fit like a glove. Keep running trails. Instinctually, your body will learn to protect itself - tougher skin, better agility, faster neuroprocessing of rocks, trees, etc. You'll find yourself avoiding them altogether and more resilient when you don't.

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Lol, have to agree with Dorado here. I think the question should read "Damaged toenails from kicking rocks and tree stumps"!

I think that "maybe I just need to be more careful" is the appropriate answer!

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:31 PM

Before I got good at hiking and running in Vibes, I broke 3 toes out on the trails and severely bruised my front foot. Now I hardly ever bang my toes, and it's all good. But I have been working at this for like 3 years now. Take it easy. You're probably just trying too much too soon. It takes an amazing amount of coordination & skill. Who knew running could be so complicated?

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Sounds like you might need one size bigger. I've been wearing mine for ~2 years and never had an issue.

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:06 PM

They are from hitting rocks/stumps, not the size. Should have clarified.

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on November 10, 2011
at 07:29 PM

I almost never hurt my feet, in a lifetime of frequent barefooting, but I nearly broke my foot (by first jamming and then catching a toe) last year trail-running in my VFF. I'm not going to risk it anymore. There are many places to run and many types of footwear that minimize that risk.

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I wear heavier shoes when out on such trails. Sure would be nice to have a shoe that is flexible while still protecting the toes well. I don't wear 5-finger styles or other minimal shoes on trails or places with large mulch chips because they tend to poke through. I also get much more damage to my toes while wearing crocs on mulch, since it is easy to send spears through the holes all along the edges, and they can really do some damage. Very loose water shoes with fine mesh work better for me.

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