What is skier's toe?

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  • AJill Grimes, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    Skier's toe is when your toenail turns black and painful. It is a common skiing injury. The medical term for skier's toe is a subungual hematoma, which simply means bleeding under the nail. Skier's toe can occur from a single instance of trauma like dropping something on your toe, or from small, repetitive trauma like a too-small or too-big ski boot, which causes your foot to slam back and forth. 
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