Toe-nail regrowth. Has anyone here lost a toenail?

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  1. Q

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    Don't listen to ATOT; go to a Dr. they know better than any ATer
     
  2. Bignate603

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    I found it helped once the new nail was exposed to take the little doohickey you use to clean your nails (what is that thing called that you can fold out from most nail clippers) and gently slide it underneath the edge all the way across. It hurt quite a bit the first few times but it helped the new nail slide over the toe so it didn't get ingrown.
     
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    False advertisement. :camera:'s?
     
  4. spidey07

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    Go to a pediatrist. SERIOUSLY, go to a pediatrist! Don't let a general practioner deal with this. They'll (ped) be able to remove the nail and keep the nailbed intact and clean it out.

    Or you can just let the new nail growth push out the broken nail. What you're concerned about is any damage to the nail tissues and blood supply along with risk of infection. Your big toe is much more important than you think.
     
  5. PatrickBateman

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    I had my big toenail rip halfway off....I let it stay half way on and it grew back under the broken one....eventually I ripped off the broken one and the new one grew back....about 4 month if I recall,,,,I have a picture actually
     
  6. child of wonder

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    One of my big toenails came off completely. It grew back. Took almost a year.

    The skin underneath will harden up a bit as it's no longer covered by the nail. IIRC I was playing basketball 6 weeks after it came off.
     
  7. bobsmith1492

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    I had that happen twice, same toenail, same soccer game over Thanksgiving weekend two years in a row.

    The first one fell off and grew back just fine. The second time, it didn't fall all the way off. It grew back but it's not growing any longer; it's just a big, fat slab of concrete sitting there. It hasn't hurt or smelled or anything so I'm just leaving it. I think it's growing "up" instead of "out"...
     
  8. spidey07

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    And you guys wonder why girls think guys toenails are nasty. Listen, I've had problems with my big toes since I was a teenager 20 years ago. Ingrown toenails, stubbed nails getting just about ripped off with just a nub you name it. I was a skateboarder and having nails ripped up, jammed up, black and blue was part of the game. Your feet are your hands and if you saw your thumb or index finger with that kind of pain you'd get it looked at.

    OP - go to a pediatrist and get it taken care of. Or just hobble around for the next 3 months and hope that the nail grows back correctly. Agree that it will take close to a year for it to fully grow out.
     
  9. JoeFahey

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    Alright, so I walked to the ER (not my regular doctor since I am at college for another few weeks), and waited awhile to have it looked at since I was obviously a low priority. The nurse helped me remove the gauze that was already on it, and she seemed to get nauseous looking at it. She thought it might be a better idea to keep it on until the doctor came back in for all of our sakes. Doc came in, applied a bunch of anesthesia below the toe in some technical term that had the word, "block" in it. After a few minutes, I could wiggle the toenail all around and couldn't even feel anything, but it was weird knowing that if I had even slightly bumped it before, it would hurt pretty bad. He then started sliding a cutting tool underneath the nail bed (up below the skin at the base of the nail), this looked absolutely painful, but again, I couldn't feel a thing. He eventually got the nail off, chucked it in the trash, bandaged me up, and sent me on my way.

    It turns out it was a good thing that I went since the nail was still on a lot more firmed than I had thought. Everything I have read about online said that it would take at least 6 months to regrow, but the doc said that I could expect most of it to be regrown in a few months.
     
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    So he ripped it off, eh? He probably does what any doc that doesn't work on feet does - he butchered your nailbed and the tissue in there. If there are ANY signs of infection (redness, inflammation, heat, fever) go back or better yet go to a pediatrist. When you have something like this done you really have to keep a look out for infection. It would be best if you didn't wear a sock and covered shoe for a while - just a sandal and the bandage. Clean it out every night with alcohol when you change the bandage.
     
  11. Bignate603

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    I lost mine in November, it still hasn't grown out completely but its getting close. 6 months is about right in my experience.

     
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    I was wearing pointed toe pumps and was doing some jumping and dancing around. Afterwards, big toes started to throb and was painful to walk. Not too long after (a couple of weeks) I noticed dark spots on my nails (blood underneath I assume) and my toenails were loose to where I could slightly lift them up. Eventually they fell off one at a time and a tiny nail stump was underneath. Now I have no nails on either big toe. I went to the nail shop to have them put artificial nails on. Will my nails eventually grow back completely???? Is there any medication/product I can apply? :\
     
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    Welcome to the forums! Good story.
     
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    About 10 years ago mine did after a soccer game. Hurt while it happened and a day or 2 afterwords. It regrew fairly quickly though with no long lasting effects. Just keep the area clean and you'll be fine.
     
  15. TheSlamma

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    plenty of times, never grew back right either, so I had my podiatrist remove both big nails permanently with that acid they use, hurt for about a month and since then has been worth it, oh but steel toe shoes were a good investment for me now when I work on things like the car and house etc.
     
  16. AreaCode707

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    If you search the forums, I had a similar post during the summer last year. Stubbed my toe on an old root in the yard and popped my big toenail straight up but it remained attached at the base.

    I rinsed it with alcohol and taped it back into place. I cleaned it twice a day and replaced the tape, and I injected penicillin under the nail to prevent bad stuff from growing.

    After about two months I could see the new nail growing in underneath. Shortly after that the old nail fell off, and I continued to tape it into place to use as a guide for growing the new nail in properly. Once the new nail was about 80% grown in I stopped using the guide.

    The nail is totally back now, looks just like it did before. Took about 6 months total, I think.
     
  17. HumblePie

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    I was on a tennis court when I was 11 years old. When I was leaving the court, the big "gate" that is part of the fence around the court scraped the ground when it moved. So as I was walking off the court to open the gate someone from the other side opened it first and pushed really hard to open it. I was close enough that the gate ran over my foot and crushed my toes. Broke 3 of them and I lost the nails to all but the pinky toe. Everything grew back fine though and I can't tell I had broken my toes at all even for that.

    Hell I forgot about that incident completely until I read this thread.
     
  18. 69Mach1

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    I dropped something heavy on my big toe while working in the shop. It went black at the base of the nail, but didn't hurt too bad. As it grew out it went black more and more until it reached the end and then the nail fell off. I tried to put a sock on without any covering where the nail used to be, and it felt horrible. I took the nail and scraped the inside until it was clean, then super glued it in place. It stayed in place as a new nail grew out underneath, and fell off when the new nail was almost fully grown. It took about 3-4 months to regrow after it fell off. About 6 months all total from when i got got smashed.
     
  19. sdifox

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    it will grow back, don't worry about it.

    I have done the whole nail fall off/regrow thing a few times...
     
  20. BoomerD

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    meh...fucking necro-posters...