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Joey Mantia の facebook で見た1枚の写真の足元に目が止まった。ブーツから出た足に残る、その痛々しい凄い古傷の痕だが・・・ノーマルブーツを履いて優勝したのも、うなづける、もはや鋼の足と化している。スピードブーツは痛い!は一般常識。これは誰でも通らなければ成らない、スピードスケーターへの一過程なのかもしれない。


Joey Mantia's right foot in Guarne : photo from his facebook

Ever happen to you?

by FirstLoser (Oct. 3, 2010)
I've noticed that there are several bumps, hard bumps, on the inside of my right foot. Something that's been developing since maybe March or April, since I've been trying out new speed boots, but is very pronounced today after a long skate in new boots...does it look like I'm developing a bone spur or is this just a normal kind of irritation until I break in my new boots?

Some background...the boots are pretty much brand spanking new...I wore them in Duluth, but unbeknown to me at the time, the week before and in fact during the race, my frame was misaligned significantly, causing pressure over my ankle which led to a bruise. Couldn't wear these boots for about a week after the race. Have been skating fine in them, with minor what I'd call stiff, new boot annoyances. You can see where my right ankle still isn't 100% back to "normal," and it was still just a little annoyed today, but it's no where as bad as it was after the race.


Today I skated 44 miles non-stop for a fundraiser. Skated just fine. Was fighting the wind the whole way, and figured out pretty quickly that skating in new speed boots for an endurance solo skate was not a good idea. My feet were sore, but it wasn't "pain" per se. Just, you know, what you'd expect from wearing stiff, hard boots on a long skate. Took the boots off and wow, it was as you see - a big bump. It's tender when I touch it but not too bad overall, meaning I can walk on it and wear shoes without a problem. I did feel it inside my boot while skating, but it was really just pressure I felt, not pain. When I finished the skate though, it was much bigger than when I started. Nonetheless, it hasn't always been there and clearly it ain't like my left foot.


Any ideas if this is leading to something worse and if so, what do I need to do with my boot? Mold again? Is this something I should take to a podiatrist? And while I hate to ask, I know the answer...it's the new boots not fitting right...correct? I can skate in it just fine, but clearly something isn't right here...any help or insight appreciated.

Talked to my coach today, and it's not a bone spur but important to treat nonetheless. A lot smaller today than it was in that picture, even after 3 hours of indoor practice this morning.

I think CM is right, in that I need to assign different jobs to different skates, at least until the Simmons are broken in. I am making a molding tool to give the boots a little pop in that spot, see if that takes care of rubbing for the long term.

Thanks!
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SkateLog Forum: Ever happen to you? and Show Us A Picture Of Your Feet (Oct. 18, 2006)



Toenail Maintenance -- What worked for me

by T. Carlisle (Aug. 9, 2008)
I thought I would share what I personally do to maintain my toenails in good health. For many years (10+) I skated without any maintenance to the toenails, and the result is that over the years the big toenails got thicker and thicker, and yellower and yellower, and were almost always black & blue at the base of the nails. I am talking nearly a quater inch thick! Over the past couple of years I have done research, etc and have come up with a maintenance plan that keeps my nails in good shape (thin, not yellow, not black/blue, etc)

Thick ToenailsFirst, the disclaimer, I am not a medical doctor and this is not medical advise. Seek guidance from a podiatrist for medical assistance.

The reason the nails get thick, is because skating can put pressure on the nails and it damages the tissue under the nail, and the body's natural response is to grow the nails thicker to protect them better. However, in the case of a skater (or runner or any athlete wearing footwear) the thicker nail just increases the trauma to the nail. So the nails just get thicker and thicker.

Also, the nails tend to lift up. This is because damage has occured that has made the toe bleed under the nail (black nail), and the nail lifts up because of the pressure of the blood under the nail. This is also a painful situation.

In my case, the nails were thick and lifted due to continual trauma to the nail. Here is what I did:

1) Thin the nails and trim them back very far -- using a dremel tool with a grinding stone attachment, grind the nails back very far -- much further than you have ever clipped them. Then grind the top of the nails to thin them. This is not painful, although you have to be careful to not grind in one spot too long or the heat will burn you.

Please note, when I say grind them thin -- I mean paper thin. This can take a while on a very thick nail. When you are done, the nail shoudl be as thin as the nails on the other toes.

2) If your nails are lifted, or tend to bruise or turn black then consider drilling drainage holes. I know it sounds bad, but it is painless if done right. Use a very thin drill set (dremel also sells them), but don't use a dremel tool! It spins way too fast. Now, I am not saying it can't be done, but my experience is that a regular variable speed electric hand drill works better. The reason is you can control the speed and go very, very slow.

Using the hand drill with the small drill bit.... rest the drill bit on teh top of the toe with just a little pressure. The point you want to drill is where ever you tend to get bruises under the nail -- typically about a 1/4 inch from the base of the nail, near the center.

You will control the pressure of teh drillbit with your toe and NOT the drill. In other words, don't press down on teh nail with the drill hard.... instead, hold teh drill and with your toe muscle lift the toe into the drill. This will keep you from drilling too far.

PUll the trigger slightly to start drilling slowly -- about 2-3 turns per second. Watch as the drillbit starts removing toenail as it starts a hole. Once the hoel is started, you can stop and look at it if you like.

Now, Put the drill back in that hole, and again lift the toe to put the pressure, and resume very, very slowy -- just 1 turn per second. Watch closely and you will see the drillbit "take to" the nail. I am not sure what it is called, but at some point the drillbit "grabs" into the nail, and once that happens, you are very, very close to being though the nail. Stop the drill once it "grabs". Now pull the trigger ever so slightly to turn the drill one turn, and has you do you will feel the nail lifting up -- the drillbit is now through the nail and you are done. At this point, you might go a hair too far and feel a little pinch -- if you do just stop. Now turn the switch on the drill so it rotates the other way, and slowly back the drillbit out. You are done.

Having done this many, many times, I can say I woudln't even attempt it with a high speed drill like a dremel. Once the drillbit "grabs" hold, if the drill is spinning fast it will go too far before you even know it.

I also personally couldn't do this with just a needle. I know many people do it. Again, the fear is going too far because once the needle pieces the nail, it will just keep going into the tissue beneath. The above method allows precise control and can be done with no pain at all.

Side note: This can be done to a nail that is currently black and causing pain, and thsi procedure will drain the pressure and give relief and allow the wound to heal. However, you should sterilize the drillbit, and you shoudl be aware it will be painful (because in thsi situation simply touching the nail will cause pain). Also, beware that it will spatter blood once the nail is penetrated, so if you can't stand teh site of blood, don't do it and go see a doc. However, if you do it, it will allow you to drain the blood and relieve the pain -- once you finish the above procedure, just squeeze the toe and nail and the blood will drain out. Not a bad idea to soak it in peroxide. It will continue to drain for a couple of days as it heals, but won't be painful since the fluids now don't get trapped under the nail and put pressure on the wound that is causing the fluids.

If you get black nail a lot or have to use this procedure (or go see a doc) to relieve the pain of a black nail, then consider doing the same thing once a month BEFORE you get a black nail so that when you re-injure the nail it has a hole for drainage.

3) Don't forget about the calluses (sp?) on the pads of the toes. Since you have your dremel and grinding attachment out for step 1, go ahead and grind any calluses down that are on the pads of the toes. These also get thicker and thicker, which will also cause crowding in the skating boot, so if you thin these it helps.

For me, all this works. Now when I go to the beach, I have thin, non-bruised nails. Sure, there is a little tiny pinhole that you can't see if you are more than 6 inches away from my toe -- but that is better than a big thick yellow nail that looks like a fungus.
SkateLog Forum: Toenail Maintenance and Can we talk a little... Athlete's Foot?

Feel my pain!

by Brianwheelies (Jan. 20, 2011)
Check out what I do to my feet once a week. That seems to be how long it takes for the scabs to heal so I can go try again. Frustrating to say the least.


Should I go bake my feet in the sun to make them dry and leathery? How do you get tough skin on your feet to avoid this from happening?

I only do outdoor and I have been working on heel pushing and avoiding the toe push but it does still happen. I have also been focusing on keeping on outside edges too. My skates are Pinnacle Vortex Elites. They are super stiff compared to my Rollerblade Racemachine boot but the Pinnacles give me no nerve/bone pain like the Rollerblades do. I am having a heck of a time with my skin ripping open though. I feel like I can't skate enough to get my foundation built. This was from a 5 mile skate last week.

I have customs and the ankles seeming to be large I think has more to do with the camera angle. My last outing I felt my feet starting to slip as I hit the 4 and 5 mile mark and I probably should have snugged up the laces and strap. I naturally walk on the ball of my foot so it will be tough to erase toe push completely. Watched too many ninja movies as a kid. On this last skate I did notice my frame didn't feel balanced on my heel meaning my feet were having a tendency to fall in. I will readjust before hitting the road next time.

MANY_SkatingDave, those are the little piggys.

At this point I am thinking of going back to socks. Just haven't been able to find ultra thins in Vegas yet. I have ultra thin ezfits but they move my feet forward enough to create pain in my toes. The boots feel like they are just starting to break in. I am able to snug them and I don't have pain anywhere and circulation is not a problem. Maybe I am not keeping them snug enough as I skate.

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