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Steps for Preventing Toenail Loss

If you’re an avid runner or hiker, chances are your feet show it. Blisters, calluses and even blackened toenails that fall off are all common ailments. But most of the time, losing a toenail can be prevented with proper care and footwear.

The two primary causes of toenail loss, medically called “onychoptosis” (that’s Greek for “falling nail,” are fungus and trauma. In preparation for the upcoming flip flop season, the podiatrists at Central Massachusetts Podiatry offer the following tips for preventing both:

Avoid toe trauma

Stubbing your toe on a baseboard while blindly walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night may be part of life. But, the pounding your toes take while running or hiking can be largely prevented. Continual bumping of your toe forward against the inside of your shoes or boots is what leads to a blackened toenail. To avoid this:

Fending off fungus

To prevent foot fungus that can lead to losing a toenail, practice this tips:

Should your nail fall off on its own, or require removal due to trauma or fungus, with proper care at our office, in most cases, it will grow back within three to six months.

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