An Innovative Solution to Nail Loss from Toe Stubbage


Nail loss from toe stubbage is a major medical issue that causes discomfort and effects up to 13% of the global population/year [1].

Despite the convincing pumpkin re-enactment [2] in the GIF above my injury was actually acquired from a toe inspinning clipper. Toe inspinning for those that are unfamiliar is one of the most dangerous concepts in footbag [3]. While I ended up landing the trick, the large toe of my support foot jammed against the end of my shoe causing bruising and cursing.

Unfortunately, even with the best attention modern medicine can provide it soon became clear that I was going to lose the nail. Not one to be discouraged, I decided to utilize the latest advancements in 3D printing to make myself a prosthetic nail:


Also, not one to settle for merely restoring the normal attributes of a nail I briefly considered making the nail harder, faster, and stronger. Instead I added an integrated LED to create a glowing effect. Soon I was back to playing footbag hitting dexterities like nobodies business:



[1] Toodle Doo et al. “Convincing toe nail loss statistics,” in The High Impact Journal of, pp.122, 1999

[2] No pumpkins were harmed in the making of this blog post.

[3] Erik Chan. “050904-toespinning.wmv”, Hackrifice 2005:

Written by Rory Dawson

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