I first wrote about my toenail AGES ago. I cut the toenail down on the part where it was not attached to the toe bed anymore (more than half of it was not), and waited for it to grow. And waited. And waited… Then, in November for my wedding, while getting my pedicure I had a fake porcelain toenail put in (remember how stressed out I was about having half a toenail with my cute shoes?).
So, the fake toenail stayed put. Didn’t fall off, didn’t bother me, and my real toenail even grew! So much so, that now I was sporting a bit unsightly too long toenail. If I bumped my toes while wearing flipflops (which I managed to do twice in two days, including against the car door while getting out of the car), it would hurt like hell, as if the toenail was pulling away.
Seeing I’m running a half this weekend, I really didn’t want to cause more issues with my running by having that toenail being too overgrown. So I did what every sane person would do and I clipped it to a more normal size.
Only to almost barf.
Remember how my toenail grew? Yeah, it never reattached itself to the toe bed. Nope. 2/3 of it, had a huge gap between the nail and the toe. Gross.
This was right before I went to bed last night, and I thought “eh, it still looks good if you look from the top, so I’ll just keep it like that”
Except I couldn’t sleep. My toe was throbbing all night. Even the sheet on top of it was creating immense pain when it touched the toe. I had to sleep with a foot sticking out of the sheets because of it. And still I couldn’t handle the pain, and kept going in and out of sleep.
This morning, the pain was intense. It felt like I had pliers squeezing around my toe for hours on end. I was limping and flinching with every step.
It seems that by cutting the thick porcelain nail from the top, it caused my gaping toenail to curl into the inside of my toe, squeezing the skin in (like an ingrown toenail, except on both sides along the toe bed).
I couldn’t use the nail clippers — I still had a mixture of fake and real nail on the upper part of it, and though the gap was huge, it just wasn’t enough to fit clippers under it (almost, but not quite). Finally, after desperately trying to find a coarse nail file in my place (ah, the joys of moving), I was able to file it down so it was thin enough that I could trim it down with a cuticle remover. (Yes, my life is so glamorous, don’t hate.)
Long story short: I’m back with a nub for a toenail (only about 1/3 of toenail is left, and that’s attached to my toe and not going anywhere) . A month before I move to it’s-summer-year-round Manila. Less than a month before I arrive in Rio.
Have I mentioned I love flipflops and sandals?
On the bright side, exposing the toe bed so that it looks completely gross, also means the pain completely went away, and I can walk (and hopefully run) again.
Stupid running, ruining me for sandal-season.
What’s your worse toenail story? And has this gap between toe and nail ever happened to you? What did you do to get your toenail to grow back in place? I need my toes to look pretty again!