Vibram Five Fingers Toe Nail Problems?

I think my vibram five finger classic shoes are causing problems with my toe nails

It’s been a while since I’ve reported on my running with the Vibram Five Fingers Classic shoe.  Once I get the time, I’ll do an update on the long term progress with running in them.  For now, though I wanted to ask all of you whether or not you’ve had problems with FiveFingers causing issues with your toe nails?  What do I mean?  It’s kind of hard to describe, but i’ll try [warning if you don’t like looking at feet, let alone my feet, you probably shouldn’t read this post…you’ve been warned].

Anyway, so I’ve been running in the FiveFingers Classic for the past 6 or 7 months.  I love them and look forward to when I can wear them and feel like a ninja in the process.  I’ve worn them enough to get a nice Vibram FiveFingers Classic tan line.

i've worn my vibram five fingers classic shoes enough to develop a tan line

However, since I’ve had them I’ve had issues with my pinky toe being squished by the shoes.   I noted this when I attempted barefoot running shoe tennis, but since then I figured that the shoes probably just needed some time to stretch out.  The toe squished pain has gotten better over time, but it’s still kind of there, especially if I wear the VFF’s for hours on end.

Things were fine until my girlfriend pointed to my naked feet and asked “what’s wrong with your toe nails?”  My natural reaction as is a lot of times when she points stuff out to me (much to her dismay) was an incredulous “What are you talking about??” After all, my toe nails are perfect!

However, looking more closely I noticed that both of my pinky toe nails were all “jacked” up.  There was like an extra layer of nail growing in the middle, while the lower part of the nail was sunken in.

are my vibram five fingers classic shoes causeing my left pinky toe nail to become deformed

It would be one thing if it was just one pinky toe, but I found the same nail issues on both my right and left foot.  My only conclusion was that it probably had something to do with the Vibram FiveFingers.  Recently spent over 8 hours in them while at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego (cool place, by the way) and these shoes have been my primary running shoes for the past 6 months (I probably average about 4-6 miles a week).

Because of this, I’ve decided to take a break from the FiveFingers (as much as I don’t want to) and have gone back to my Nike Free 5.0 V4’s for the interim.  I want to see if the nail problem goes away.  Regardless, have any of you guys had issues like this?  Do you even know what they call this nail problem?  If so let me know in the comments.  Thanks!