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big toenail trauma injury, on the verge of coming off...
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Mon Jan 09, 2006 01:57 PM

I hate being squeamish, but I'm being squeamish.

I injured my big toe and nail, but kicking downward on the very tip of the foot, in order to stop a domino-like accident at a dance party.

The toe looked like a ripe plum, which, after four days, had stopped hurting, and, after another two, the blister that had formed had begun to drain and ooze. The swelling has behaved itself and has gone down. The toe is still a little purple around the edges of the nail and the cuticle.

Now, the toenail is pretty loose, and I can lift the toenail up and off the toenail bed. The toenail bed looks like it's still very tender...

so, I wonder if any of you have had similar injuries,
a) when did you feel that it was okay to remove the nail;
b) when did you feel that it would be all right to continue a percussive kind of dance?

Please respond ASAP.

thanks much, much, much!

Avid appalachian clogger suffering major clogging withdrawal symptoms!


6 Replies to big toenail trauma injury, on the verge of coming off...

re: big toenail trauma injury, on the verge of coming off... (karma: 1)
By snoopyjotmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Jan 09, 2006 06:46 PM
ive done similar injuries and my doctor told me not to remove the nail. the old nail will act as a guide for the new nail as it grows in. When the old nail is removed, the soft tissue on the tip of the finger or toe will contract making it difficult for the new nail to reattach to the nail bed.

you need to be really careful about infections as there may be dead tissue under the nail, i used to soak my foot in antiseptic solution. i also used a band-aid to hold the nail in place, or i sometimes used some surgical tape as band-aids dont always stick to my feet!

if the nail is really bothering you or gets really red and inflamed i recommend going to your doctor. you may need antibiotics.

if you really want the nail removed then i recommend you get the doctor to do it- it can hurt a lot!

as for continuing dance- go whenever you feel ready! try cusioning the toe in a little cotton wool or one of those foamy plasters and give the dancing a try. if it hurts too much then wait a week and try again!

fi xx
re: big toenail trauma injury, on the verge of coming off...
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member
On Mon Jan 09, 2006 07:17 PM
Hey, thanks so much!

I've been keeping it covered with a gauze square, that has some bacitracin on it, and then, it's wrapped in soft gauze to keep the bandage in place.

I've trimmed the toenail way back, because I could feel that it was starting to get long, and, that's when I found out it was so loose.

As for dancing, I'm all for it, but putting on any kind of dance shoes right now is out of the question. I've danced in my stocking feet, which I feel, at this point, is a good enough equivalent.

And, believe me, that nail will stay intact as long as possible!

Thanks for writing!

re: big toenail trauma injury, on the verge of coming off...
By celticladymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Jan 09, 2006 09:05 PM
I went through a similar situation back in Sept./Oct. I accidentally hit the top of my shoe instead of the hardshoe tip during class and bruised the heck out of my big toenail. It turned purpleish black for about a month and then after a very intense dance class it started lifting off the nail bed. I left it alone as long as possible and kept Neosporin on and under it, but it kept hanging on my socks when my bandaids came off, so I was forced to trim it down to the cuticle and let the rest fall off naturally. Currently my nail is smaller and kinda bumpy compared to the other, but at least it's semi normal looking. Does anyone have any experiences like this say, several months after? I'm curious if my nail will look like this until it grows out more, or if I'm stuck with an ugly nail.
re: big toenail trauma injury, on the verge of coming off...
By dncqueen
On Tue Jan 10, 2006 01:56 PM
I also had this happen to me in the past. I would keep the nail on as long as you can. It will protect the soft tissue that is underneath and should not hurt as much if you accidently hit it again. I agree with another poster that you should soak it so it does not get infected.

Your toenail will grow back to normal. It will take a little time though. (Your toenails do not grow as fast as your fingernails.)
re: big toenail trauma injury, on the verge of coming off...
By DanceFreak247
On Fri Jan 13, 2006 09:03 AM
This has been happening to me for awhile! My toenail was previously bruised in.. October? And in November it started falling off. It just completely came off in my sleep. I don't think you should try removing it, or getting it removed.. just let it fall off on it's own, it will know when it's okay. I left my toenail there, even when it was hanging by a few miniscule threads! Haha. Trust me, it will fall off when the time is right. I think that if you bandage it up (so that the toenail will be pretty secure) you can do whatever type of dance you want! I continued with pointe when my toenail was falling off, I just bandaged it up and taped it and everything was ok!! This part isn't as painful as the bruised toenail is, except for at the beginning if it's not bandaged and it gets caught on things (ouch!!!). But I think you'll be ok, and PM me if you have any questions - I'm so happy, my toenail FINALLY fell off! =]
Oh no!
By setigato
On Mon Feb 13, 2006 01:57 PM
I feel your pain! Both of my big toe nails have turned funky colors due to some ill fitting shoes I wore with my Halloween costume (I made the mistake of wanting to save a few bucks because I knew I would never wear the shoes again). They were only painful for a few days and were fine other than looking disgusting.

Then months later, in January, I was talked into a step aerobics class by some friends. A few minutes in to the class I had a strange sensation my right foot ... it was my toe nail falling off ... I had to gimp out of the class! All that is left now is the nail bed. It has been over a month and still no sign of a nail! I am wondering how long it takes to grow a nail and how to make sure it grows back normally.


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