Toenail Falling Off Running



Toenail Falling Off Running – Learn why you should not panic! This guide will help you prevent this from happening and help you grow your nail back!




Toenail Falling Off Running Presentation:

Toenail Falling Off Running
The feet of a marathon runner, these toenails will eventually come off!


Who is most susceptible:

  • It is usually not a disease! Although fungal toenails are possible (not likely if you are healthy).
  • Seen in people who have taken some time off and are starting to run again.
  • People who have just recently bought a new pair of shoes.
  • People who are heavier.
  • People with a more flat foot.
  • People who’s toes rub against the front of the shoe.
  • The start of a new exercise class.
  • People who are running extremely heavy miles. MARATHON RUNNERS!!!!
  • The craziest group: Ultra marathon runners basically expect to get them.


Toenail Falling Off Running
Heavy mileage and improperly fitting shoes are some of the most common causes.


Should You Worry?

  • No! This is common.
  • The toenails will grow back over time.
  • This is a very common occurrence in running, wear it like a badge of honor.
  • The toenails will grow back over time.
  • Toenails grow approximately 1 millimeter per month.
  • Measure your toenails and see how long you have to wait for it to regrow.
  • If the toenail is 5 millimeters loosened from the end, you will have to wait approximately 5 months!


Toenail Falling Off While Running Causes:

  • The most common cause is shoes that do not fit properly!
  • Shoes are not all built the same.
  • One pair of Nike can be size 11 and be the same as a size 12 pair of New Balance.
  • The width can differ and the the site of width expansion can also differ.
  • Weight can also be an issue


How To Fit Your Shoes Properly:

Toenail Falling Off Running
Brannock Device – Measures your Foot Length, Arch Length and Foot Width!

A) Use a Brannock device to measure three components of your foot size.

  • 1)Foot Length: This is how long your foot is from heel to toe.
  • 2)Arch Length: This is how long your foot is from heel to
  • 3)Foot Width: This is how wide your foot is.

Make sure you measure each of the three once a year, your foot does change after you are no longer a teenager!


B) Fit your shoes at night.

  • Your feet swell more throughout the day.
  • You can gain approximately 1/2 size throughout the day!
  • Always make sure your shoe is a 1/2 inch longer than your longest toe.



Consider Fungus as a Contributor:


Toenail Falling Off Running Related Problems:

See if any of these other problems apply to your situation!

  1. Toenail Fungus

  2. Very Long Toenails

  3. Ingrown Toenail

  4. Toenail Falling Off

  5. Black Streaks Under The Nails

  6. White Patches On Toenails

  7. Black Spot Under The Toenail

  8. Red Spot Under The Toenail

  9. Toenail Coming Off The Nail Bed

  10. Toenail Psoriasis 


About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.