Post # 1
So I’m not sure if it is because I have been so busy at work or because of my shoes (but I don’t think so because I’ve has them for literally 3 years and they feel the same) but a toenail on each foot had separated from the nail bed and have come off. Now there is a little nubbin where my toenail used to be and my wedding is this Saturday. I’m thankful it’s not the big toe, but I still can’t believe my stupid luck over this happening the first time EVER right before I get married. I am considering getting acrylic tips on those toes just so they look normal. Has anyone ever had this done? Or have you ever had this happen to your toes? I just bought new shoes but haven’t worn them yet.
Fiance says I should paint the skin. I just stared at him.
Post # 3
When I was a dancer and did pointe work, I lost toenails all the time. the other girls and I always just painted the skin. We all could tell who’d lost which nails. It looked ok but funky.BUT since it’s your wedding day, I would get the acrylic tips put on. Most people probably wouldn’t even notice but still, you’re the bride and want to feel as beautiful and perfect as possible.
Post # 4
If that happened to me I’d get scared something is seriously wrong and go see my doctor! I can totally see why ballet dancers lose nails from en pointe dancing but other than that, are you sure you don’t want to see your doctor just in case?
I’d probably wear closed toe shoes so that the nail wouldn’t show but it would have the opportunity to heal. But that’s just me, I’ve never had acrylic tips in my life, they freak me out of some reason.
Post # 5
I use the Impress toenails by Kiss and I like them a lot. If you follow the instructions correctly they last about 1 week and you can do them at home. They are under $10 and can be found at the drug store or Walmart. I love them!
Post # 6
I can relate.
I have ALWAYS had healthy & happy feet…
That was until I did a Shellac Pedicure on a Cruise Ship in early 2012… the Shellac (CND Product) literally dryed out / destroyed my toe nails… they grew weak, they cracked, they peeled, and they broke off (including a big toe nail that one day cracked sideways, and I lost haf of it)
It hasn’t been fun at all.
Here I am over 18 months later and my nails still haven’t fully recovered (they say on average it can take a toe nail 1 to 2 years to grow cuticle to tip)
And it is a given, I will NEVER do a Shellac treatment again…
Not 100% sure what to suggest for your situation… how visible will your toes be ? What type of shoes are you wearing ?
Post # 7
I damaged both my big toe nails about 18 months before my wedding by climbing Kilimanjaro. They both had to be removed (not a pleasant experience!). One was able to grow back fully before the wedding but the other has been much slower. It’s now been 3 years since I first damaged it and it’s still not fully grown! Before the wedding I had a pedicure and my pedicurist was able to attach a fake nail. She cut a fake thumbnail to size and glued it with nail glue to the bit of the nail that was aready there (I had about 1/3 to 1/2 of the nail at the time). It lasted a couple of weeks and didn’t seem to damage my exisiting nail.
Incidentally, when I first had to have both nails removed, it was unclear if they were ever going to grow back at all (I’d managed to damage the nailbed quite badly). My (future) brother-in-law joked that I should just get a toenail tattoo. Umm, no!
Post # 8
I talked with my coworkers and I guess it’s just trauma from repeated rubbing against the inside of my hideous crocs at work. I am on my feet and walking, pivoting, bending, etc for about 13 hours at a time so is not uncommon in my field just like my awful varicose veins. I appreciate the concern though 🙂
lol @ toenail tattoo! I’m glad your toenails are on the mend but I’m sure it’s been frustrating. I think I will go ahead and do the acrylic for the uglies.
I’m wearing a peep toe shoe so really the only one’s showing are the first 2-3 and the offending toes are the middle one on my left and the second to last on my right. But yes I still want to feel beautiful and not like a have mangled feet lol
Post # 9
You need a new pair of shoes girl!
Post # 10
@This Time Round:
You are definitely not supposed to do Shellac on your feet. I do it on my fingernails and have never had a problem. Maybe I have just been lucky? I don’t know.
Post # 11
I don’t know if a PP has mentioned it – didn’t read all the comments and no one likes the ‘f’ word but…could it be a fungus? Nail fungus can make the nails brittle and you know, with your demanding job on your feet it could have caused them to pop off.
I would absolutely get acrylic for the day, but do have them looked at.
Post # 12
Actually… CND (Creative Nail Design) the people who supposedly came up with the Shellac Method say YOU CAN USE IT FOR A PEDICURE… and they have info on their Website about its application for Nail Techs.
All I know, is I won’t be going anywhere near the CND Product (or Shellac) ever again.
Post # 13
@This Time Round:
Really? The girl who does my nails so says no Shellac on toes. Now I am wondering if I should even do it on my hands again, lol.
Post # 14
Well CND says they are perfectly fine to do… see this their “Techie” Video = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkb64fwBcBs
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PS… Meant to tell you the other day that your NEW Panda Avatar reminds me of a couple of “toys” from long ago… one of which is Teddy Ruxpin… and the other (even a closer resemblence) unfortunately the name escapes me right now. lol
I’m thinking British / English, and might have had the word “top” in his name.
Aaaah, I hate it when I have a brain fart like this and cannot remember.
Post # 15
@This Time Round:
What?? I’ve done shellac/gel polish on my fingers and toes for a couple of years and never had an issue. Three different brands (CND, OPI, and Red Carpet Manicure). Shellac is the name for CND’s gel polish, fyi.
Post # 16
@Nurse_Bee: Which toe is it? If it’s the pink toe, I bet you could just paint the very tip and get away, haha. (I have very small pinky toenails though.) But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with acrylics either.
I might be wrong, but I think that runners get bruised/damaged/lost toenails too because of the activity. So you probably don’t need to worry unless your other toenails look strange too.