Warning – this is a bit gross.
So I hurt my toe a while ago (I think I dropped something on it – I can’t remember) and the bruise has been slowly growing up my toenail for the past month or so. Well, the toenail has finally decided to hit the eject button. The only problem is that it’s in that stage where it’s not really on but it’s not off, either. Part of the toenail has detached, a small piece has fallen off, and part of it is holding on for dear life. It’s making life difficult – and not only because it’s really uncomfortable on the long walk from the parking garage to my office in heels. No, I don’t seem to have any work-appropriate flats. I need to address that.
My real difficulty lies in how I should protect it during BJJ and swimming. I haven’t been to the pool in a few weeks for various reasons, but since I plan to sign up for the Chesapeake Bay Swim next weekend, I’ll need to get back in there soon, and I’m not super happy about the idea of my toenail flapping around as I kick. I also need to figure out what to do while I roll. I’ve been taping it up during class so far, but there’s going to come a time when the toenail is fully gone. And even with it just partially gone, I’d rather not have to pull tape off an exposed nail bed, you know? And we all know that Band-Aids aren’t worth crap either in the pool or on the mat.
How do I tape, wrap, bandage, or otherwise protect my poor toe in a manner that will stay put while I train, but not cause undue misery during removal? If you’ve had experience with this or happen to be in the medical profession and can give me any advice, I’m all ears!