Recently, I noticed before jumping into the shower, one of my toenails beneath the polish was a bit jagged. Upon further inspection, I realized I had a Cracked Toenail. That’s right, split right down the center. What did I do to deserve this, I thought? In my very temporary melodramatic state, I got out my cuticle clippers and cut the nail swiftly, rounding it out as much as possible to avoid further catching in my socks. Briefly mourning the loss of my decent pedicure for the time of year, I showered as usual and took it as a sign to add some exaggerated oomph to my blog post.
As an active person, specifically with running, I keep my toenails short. They usually have a (vegan, non-toxic) nail polish on them year-round, and the polish remover I use is also all-natural. I pondered the reason as to why my toenail cracked. I listed out the care (and adornment) I give them. I assessed the level of stressors of everyday movement they incur. In truth, except for some bruising moments from physical fumbles over the years, my nails are healthy and strong. With research via the Feet First blog, I came across an article outlining Cracked Toenails.
How 2020 of my toenail to finally and literally crack under pressure and perhaps it was a long time coming. Maybe I should have been counting my lucky stars that this had not happened earlier. I put an excess of running miles this year thanks to the quarantine. I simply had more time and determination. My body has had to alter and adapt, and sometimes that means some flaws will come to the surface for review. Luckily, I can say that the toenail is fine, and will regrow in time. However, if it is more of a serious issue, Please Do Not Hesitate to Reach Out to Us Here at the Clinic.
There are a few little tweaks to my foot care I am incorporating, especially over the winter.
Keep Your Toenails Short
And file/trim them regularly. Regardless of your physical activity, regular maintenance will keep your comfort level high. Here is a reference to best Cut Your Toenails.
Extend Your Moisturizing to Your Nailbeds
I recommend DIY Foot Baths to soothe aching feet, but also to keep them exfoliated and moisturized. We carry Gehwol at Feet First. They have a great range of products to help keep the skin on your feet and your toenails soft and smooth.
Choose Natural Nail Polish
For those who enjoy a nice pop of colour to look down and see throughout the winter months, I advocate for Non-Toxic polishes that do not harm your nails or the environment. I primarily use salon-grade Zoya, and Montreal’s very own Trust Fund Beauty. Remember, an acetone-free polish remover is also important! Often polishes (and removers) that are chemically enhanced will cause Discoloured Toenails and fingernails. This can mislead you into thinking you have a fungal infection.
Rethink Your Footwear and Socks
Is it the style of shoe you are wearing? Are your socks thick enough? How is your gait being affected? If your toenails are constantly being impacted with activity, it’s worth some research into what’s most supportive for your feet. Feel free to investigate the brands we carry.
Don’t Overlook a Small Issue
If you begin to experience more trouble with your toenails, it’s worth speaking to our knowledgeable staff. We can help you in a variety of ways, from diagnosing a deeper issue to picking out some new running shoes to best support your workouts. Call us today at 416-769-FEET(3338) and book your appointment!