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Friday, November 17, 2006

Grody Toenails

I know that not everyone wants to open up this blog and see pictures of my feet, but it's my blog and, you know, "I do what I want!"

So, a tour for the damaged toes: To the left, we have my newly bruised second-in-command toe. This bruise bloomed after the 13 miler 2 weeks ago. When my big toe (other foot) bruised last spring, I thought it was because of poor shoes, but after doing some research, I find that most agree it's just the result of the repeated pressure on the toes and it is commonly called "runner's toe." Sometimes the nail needs to be removed -- mostly it falls off on its own without nay risk of infection.

So, below: we have the aforementioned big toe. Sweet Jesus, is it gross. Therefore, I find it totally awesome.
My husband does not. He won't even look at it, even when I try to force it into his eyeline while he's reading -- he does not like that tactic.

As you can see from the picture, the old nail is slowly working itself off the toe while the new nail grows and replaces it. Thus, the old nail has become yellowish, flakey, and weak. I'm ready for it to be gone even if I'm left with a stubby nail, I'm sick of looking at it's grodiness.

Maybe I should just go in and get a pedicure this weekend and have them cover up the ickiness with pretty polish.

10 comments:

Ryan said...

Runners toe? Looks like either Jungle Rot or Trench foot. Exotic, was your dad a G.I.?

Taryn said...

Oh. You. Poor. Thing. That's all I can say!

Erin said...

Mine look pretty bad and I don't even run. At least you quit blaming me for the big toe's ugliness.

Jess said...

Erin: You're not off the hook; I still totally blame you! j/k

Ryan: Is Bob Vance from Vance Refridgeration?

miss petite america said...

a girl i ran my half marathon with had a toe with like 3 toenails growing from one toe bed.

thankfully, her face wasn't anything like her toes

teacherwoman said...

That's hilarious! I know i have had trouble with some toenails and my doctor told asked me if I was a runner. Supposedly runners have the ever-so-gross toes...especially distant runners!

Firefly's Running said...

Oh...my...gawd. You poor thing!!

brunettechicagogal said...

OMG, my feet look exactly like yours except I haven't been training for anything. Oddly enough, I got black toenails during the first six-miler I did post-injury. I needed new shoes, and once I got 'em, the pounding against my toenails subsided. Now my toenails look like hell.

Running Jayhawk said...

That's HAWT!

I'm having toe issues too! I had the bloody toenail on your right foot, too! The sucker just won't die!

Dr. Stephanie said...

Ewwww! See, that's why I could never be a serious runner. The loss of toenails! Every time Running Rabbit loses one, she insists on flashing me because she knows I hate so much!