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Jack Straw
04-06-05, 03:25 PM
I badly stubbed my left toe (yes the big one) a couple of months ago while walking back to bed from a bathroom visit. It was pretty painful to walk around for about a week. Anyway, I get into bed last night and notice that something down there doesn't feel right. I reach down to feel things out and realize the entire toenail is hanging off the toe. I went into the bathroom and clipped it off entirely, and tried to clip a loose end. I put a band-aid on it before going to bed. This morning after my shower, I dried it off, put some neopsorin on it and reapplied a fresh band-aid. It feels okay and there's no residual blood or puss. I think that my toe just rejected the old nail after being so badly tweaked. Should that about cover it as far as maintenance care? No doctor visit is needed?

Minor Threat
04-06-05, 03:26 PM
no.................thank God.

LilyLilyRose
04-06-05, 03:29 PM
Same thing happened to me in sixth grade when the class "fat kid" stepped on my big toe. The nail died and fell off. Not to scare you or anything, but it didn't grow back for another 2 years. I don't think that there is any risk of infection, and I certainly didn't go to a doctor about it, but again it took two years for it to grow back so maybe I'm not a good judge. My little toe nail snagged on a carpet last month and ripped off, but has grown back already.

Marco1
04-06-05, 03:29 PM
I had half a finger nail rip off during a football game. I made a tackle and my finger got caught in his mesh jersey and half the nail came off. Hurt later that day and every time I bumped the finger on something. It came back in pretty quickly. I wore a band aid mostly cause it looked so gross

wendersfan
04-06-05, 03:29 PM
Yes, and I'd rather not talk about it. Very painful.

Minor Threat
04-06-05, 03:32 PM
http://www.elastogel.com/images/Mar-11-02---toenail.jpg

:yack:

Jack Straw
04-06-05, 03:33 PM
I think this is one thread where pics are NOT a plus!

Maxflier
04-06-05, 03:47 PM
I had one ripped as a kid after an "altercation" with a cement park bench during a pickup football game.

It grew back normally,and didn't take too long if i remember right.

raven56706
04-06-05, 03:53 PM
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh

Venusian
04-06-05, 04:01 PM
i dropped a keg on my toe and it turned blue. I popped the nail with a paperclip (method i read off the web). It stopped hurting but the nail fell off a few weeks later. It didn't completely grow back for about a year, but it didn't hurt or anything. i didn't go to the doctor

sundog
04-06-05, 04:03 PM
Same thing happened to me. I smashed my big toe really hard. It went all blue underneath the toenail. Much later, after it stopped hurting, I noticed the nail was getting loose. It must have been dead then because I began to feel the new nail growing underneath.

Eventually the dead nail just popped out with no argument. What was growing underneath sure was ugly: a mass of nail flesh growing uneven and jagged because the dead one on top was hampering its progress.

The nail grew back completely but had an odd shape and eventually that grew out and maybe 3 years after that inital toe-stubbing the toenail looked flawless.

Numanoid
04-06-05, 04:04 PM
Had the big toe one violently ripped off by a log. Even had the underskin remainder of nail removed at the ER (the nail actually starts well before the exposed part, and is square!) Took about a year to grow back.

LiquidSky
04-06-05, 04:07 PM
i dropped a keg on my toe and it turned blue. I popped the nail with a paperclip (method i read off the web). It stopped hurting but the nail fell off a few weeks later. It didn't completely grow back for about a year, but it didn't hurt or anything. i didn't go to the doctor

Do you still have the nail? :)

uberjoe
04-06-05, 04:17 PM
I've had the fingernail on my right ring finger taken off three times due to hand surgeries. Each time they took a long while to grow back, and each time they grew back a little more funky. My current nail has quite a few wavy lines in it.

Venusian
04-06-05, 04:17 PM
Do you still have the nail? :)
no :(

but i do have all but one of my baby teeth

quackers
04-06-05, 04:26 PM
Same thing happened to me. I smashed my big toe really hard. It went all blue underneath the toenail. Much later, after it stopped hurting, I noticed the nail was getting loose. It must have been dead then because I began to feel the new nail growing underneath.

Eventually the dead nail just popped out with no argument. What was growing underneath sure was ugly: a mass of nail flesh growing uneven and jagged because the dead one on top was hampering its progress.

The nail grew back completely but had an odd shape and eventually that grew out and maybe 3 years after that inital toe-stubbing the toenail looked flawless.

I had a similar experience back in October.

It takes 3 years for it even out? Right now the new nail is smaller and has an odd shape and a large hump in it.

skiblet
04-06-05, 04:28 PM
oh my god you had to post the pic -


major ouch

Joe Molotov
04-06-05, 04:38 PM
I accidentally ripped off my whole pinky toe nail once, but since it's small anyway, it grew back after a week or two.

Trigger
04-06-05, 04:42 PM
I had an ingrown toenail when I was a tweenager and the doctor had to cut it off on both sides. I had a toehawk on my big toe. It hurt like a mofo.

sundog
04-06-05, 05:45 PM
It takes 3 years for it even out?

yup. the whole nail grew back in about half that time, but it had some odd dents and divets that took just as long to make their way to my nail clippers.

Randy Miller III
04-06-05, 05:51 PM
The littlest toenail on my left foot came off a few times, but it's so small I didn't really feel it. I <i>wish</i> my big toenail would fall off, though---it's been ingrown so many times I'd just as soon make it disappear. :mad:

chente
04-06-05, 07:03 PM
I stubbed my one of my toes when I was about 12 years old and the nail fell off. It now grows strangely. The middle part of the nail sticks up so my toenail is shaped sort of like a tent. This also causes the nail to grow thicker for some reason. I've confirmed with a doctor that it isn't fungus or anything. Just looks weird.

krkuhl
04-06-05, 07:12 PM
randy--your doc can cut it out on the side--just make sure he goes all the way down into the matrix, not just to the bottom edge of the nail. a few drops of phenol or silver nitrate and you'll be ingrown free!

had too many toenails. first one was traumatic as a kid--i was trying to keep the door shut to keep my sister out but she was bigger and won :( the door had a metal ridge on the bottom to "seal" it. sliced my nail and part of my toe right off. scared me more than it hurt but i remember it taking forever to heal. had one ingrown toenail avulsed (ripped out under anesthetic) since it had cracked (got stepped on with cleats in a game and cracked up and down putting part of the nail into my toe). all the others have been non big toe nails getting blue from either soccer or vball transition. about 1-2 weeks after they get blue, they just fall off.

if any of you guys ever whack a finger or toenail on something and it collects blood underneath it, just take either a small drill bit (by hand) or a safety pin (a 18 gauge needle works best if you have access to those) and "drill" a hole in your nail at the center of the discoloration. it feels 2000% better, trust me.

Bronkster
04-06-05, 07:22 PM
This is just the beginning! Have you seen The Fly?? Be afraid! Be very afraid!

Jack Straw
04-06-05, 10:27 PM
if any of you guys ever whack a finger or toenail on something and it collects blood underneath it, just take either a small drill bit (by hand) or a safety pin (a 18 gauge needle works best if you have access to those) and "drill" a hole in your nail at the center of the discoloration. it feels 2000% better, trust me. That doesn't sound pretty.

Xanager
04-06-05, 10:35 PM
I was doing some physician shadowing during my undergrad years and shadowed a general surgeon. Never had any problems with blood, open fractures, open heart, etc etc, but I did get to watch him do a toenail removal (guy had ingrown big toe nails). It made me cringe like crazy. Procedure too him like 30 seconds it seems. He grabbed what looked like Craftsman Robogrip pliers, gripped, and just yanked them out. There was a nice little ripping sound. Wonderful experience.

ruddiger_718
04-07-05, 12:14 AM
A softball hit my toe, and after about a month of it being blue, I hit an 1/2 inch rug with the end of my toe, and if fliped upwards, sticking striaght up, I had to rip the nail off before i went to bed, and the nail grew back in about 6 months.

krkuhl
04-07-05, 12:40 AM
I was doing some physician shadowing during my undergrad years and shadowed a general surgeon. Never had any problems with blood, open fractures, open heart, etc etc, but I did get to watch him do a toenail removal (guy had ingrown big toe nails). It made me cringe like crazy. Procedure too him like 30 seconds it seems. He grabbed what looked like Craftsman Robogrip pliers, gripped, and just yanked them out. There was a nice little ripping sound. Wonderful experience.


i know. i have seen, smelled, touched, and yes, unfortunately, tasted some of the most disgusting things in the medical field but for some strange reasons, toenails still get to me--i get the queasy butterfly feeling in my stomach every time.

Puzznic
04-07-05, 02:13 AM
Just the thought of that makes me cringe. Nails are right up there with teeth for body parts capable of producing excruciating pain.

Dirk
04-07-05, 10:14 AM
if any of you guys ever whack a finger or toenail on something and it collects blood underneath it, just take either a small drill bit (by hand) or a safety pin (a 18 gauge needle works best if you have access to those) and "drill" a hole in your nail at the center of the discoloration. it feels 2000% better, trust me.

I managed to mash the nail on my big toe about a year ago, and yes, it bled under the nail - finally went to see my doctor about it because it was such pretty colours, & didn't seem to want to go away. He mentioned if I would've come in right after it happened, that's exactly what he would've done - drilled a small hole to release the blood. He then told me that since that wasn't done, I was going to eventually loose the toenail - which is exactly what happened. It dropped off, & then grew back within a few months. So, seems if you drill the hole, you might not loose the nail.

Venusian
04-07-05, 10:23 AM
that's what i did, i made a hole with a paperclip (heated) since I didn't have a jeweler's drill (what you're supposed to use). I still lost the nail but it didn't hurt nearly as bad.

Buford T Pusser
04-07-05, 11:43 PM
My two-year-old has a drum set and one of the heads dropped onto his big toe. We had to get it drilled to relieve the pressure and drain some blood. The nail is gone and may or may not be back.

paulringodaman
04-07-05, 11:46 PM
I play a lot of tennis and the serves kill my foot......So the nail on my big toe bruised and I pulled it off by accident...It was kind of like that scene in the movie Sin City where he was shot with an arrow...I just looked at it and said, "look, I just pulled off my nail...do i need to go to the hospital, etc".

Jackslade
04-08-05, 09:19 AM
After finishing a marathon, one of my toes was all black and blue. Later that week, the toe nail came off. No pain or anything though.

Jack Straw
08-06-05, 10:13 PM
I'm the OP. The nail has grown substantially back, but I have found that I probably have an ingrown toenail on the inside of my left big toe. It feels like it is growing under the nail and is not easily accessible. Just wondering if I should treat this at home with some type of utensil, or am I better off heading to my doctor? And if the latter, is this something that my GP can nip in the bud or should I head straight to the podiatrist? Thoughts? Not looking forward to this.

Buford T Pusser
08-06-05, 10:54 PM
First of all OP, thanks for the partial closure.

Second of all, there's a liquid that softens that nail. Would that help it to not become ingrown? I seem to remember having an ingrown nail awhile back that caused me to use such a chemical and it did the trick.

Xanager
08-06-05, 11:51 PM
Is the nail actually embedded in the skin yet, or can you manage to get under it and pull it up? If you can pull it up, but it keeps going back down into skin, I've heard of techniques you can try to keep it up. After you take a shower or bath, take a small piece of cotton and place it under the nail when you pull it up. The idea is the keep the nail up, so it will grow over the skin. Just change the cotton daily I suppose.

Jack Straw
08-07-05, 02:56 AM
First of all OP, thanks for the partial closure.

Second of all, there's a liquid that softens that nail. Would that help it to not become ingrown? I seem to remember having an ingrown nail awhile back that caused me to use such a chemical and it did the trick. Any idea what the liquid is called?

AudioWizard
08-07-05, 03:03 AM
Any idea what the liquid is called?

I believe it's called "OutGro"

muggins
08-07-05, 03:53 AM
I accidentally ripped off my whole pinky toe nail once, but since it's small anyway, it grew back after a week or two.

I had the same problem. About a month ago I accidently ripped my pinky toe nail off. I couldn't believe how much it bled and how much it hurt. I took a picture too!

Linked due to blood: http://muggins.org/pics/toe.jpg

shoppingbear
08-07-05, 04:30 AM
I <i>wish</i> my big toenail would fall off, though---it's been ingrown so many times I'd just as soon make it disappear. :mad:

randy--your doc can cut it out on the side--just make sure he goes all the way down into the matrix, not just to the bottom edge of the nail. a few drops of phenol or silver nitrate and you'll be ingrown free!
:thumbsup: That's what I had to have done, chronic ingrown toenail on my big toe, so I finally saw a podiatrist (foot dr.). He numbed me up, removed the toenail (didn't feel a thing... a nice switch from prior times where a regular doctor had removed the ingrown toenails before I saw a podiatrist, THOSE times hurt!), and put something silvery on the base of the toenail area, it killed the growth center and no toenail at all grew back. He said that was necessary because it had been pretty much constantly ingrowing for years, and in the end, it's been fine. Pretty interesting-looking, actually. :D

Nick Danger
08-07-05, 09:32 AM
The nail on my big toe is hanging loose right now. I ripped it off a month ago, and now I'm just waiting for the broken end to grow the rest of the way out from under the skin. Except for a nasty green color, it's no trouble at all.

TonyLomak
08-07-05, 09:35 AM
Gross link (http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/nasty_toe.html)

zelebron
08-07-05, 11:12 AM
While playing basketball I tend to run fast and when I stop my big toenails tend to buckle in front of the sneakers. Last year I had 2 big toenails on my left foot fall off. Each time the toenail would lift and there was blood underneath. It actually took 6 months for each toenail to grow back. I need to either get new sneakers or know how to properly tie my sneakers when I play basketball.

Oh, and the link is gross!

Buford T Pusser
08-07-05, 12:48 PM
OutGro might be right.

The pharmacist will know.

WillieTheShakes
08-08-05, 01:03 AM
Just wondering if I should treat this at home with some type of utensil.

Now, I'm no medical professional, but this sounds like a job for a spork.

Give it a try and report back.

WillieTheShakes
08-08-05, 01:04 AM
had too many toenails.

Well, you seem to have solved that problem.

Jack Straw
08-08-05, 02:00 AM
I think that I'm headed for the doctor tomorrow. It's definitely gotten worse in the past 24 hours. I'm not sure whether I should find a podiatrist or go to my regular doc. I went to see a podiatrist before a few years ago and I found him to be a fat slob that was probably working in an unsterile environment.

RaMMaR
08-08-05, 02:53 AM
i had both big toenails come off at the same time. i can't remember dropping anything on them - i suspect it had to do with my continually jamming my toes under the couch as i did my sit-ups. At any rate, i noticed they were turning a strange color of green. i first thought i had some kind of nail fungus - commercials airing at the time helped with that self diagnosis. After worring about it for a week, i went to my GP and he told me basically that nothing was wrong... "they're dead." :rip: He pointed out that the light color at the bottom of the nails weren't cuticles, they were actually new nails forming and they'd eventually "pop" the old nails off. We decided to expedite matters and peel them off - a process that looked more painfull than it actually was. He noted that the nail nubbins would grow normally but would feel slightly bumpy/ridged to the touch.

DVD Polizei
08-08-05, 02:58 AM
OutGro does not soften the nail. It merely numbs the area you put the med on. It's made of Benzocaine, which is used for topical anesthetics.

shoppingbear
08-08-05, 04:15 AM
I think that I'm headed for the doctor tomorrow. It's definitely gotten worse in the past 24 hours. I'm not sure whether I should find a podiatrist or go to my regular doc. I went to see a podiatrist before a few years ago and I found him to be a fat slob that was probably working in an unsterile environment.Find a different podiatrist, but definitely see a podiatrist... see my post at the top of the page: yes, your regular dr. could probably help you, but as to whether anything needs to be done besides just painfully yanking it off (ie, making sure you didn't do more serious damage), see the foot-specialist, the podiatrist. :thumbsup:

darkflounder
08-08-05, 10:03 AM
One of my boys fell at school, caught his fingernail on the sidewalk while trying to stop his fall, and ripped his fingernail completely off.

The ER just said to keep the area clean, and to keep the old nail in place, to hold the skin open until the nail grows back.

A few weeks later, his nail grew back enough to ditch the old and busted, which by that point had softened to the consistency of skin from the hydrogen peroxide and neosporin treatments. His fingers look fine now, no visible damage.

And stubbed toes should be proof that God doesn't exist. Nothing that minor should hurt THAT MUCH!

Buford T Pusser
08-08-05, 11:07 AM
Okay-I guess the name isn't OutGro then.

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
08-09-05, 12:03 AM
i lost my big toe nail a few years back. it was dangling there, and the doctor had to cut into the toe and remove the nail. man, it was a bitch to walk until that thing healed.

Buford T Pusser
08-09-05, 12:25 AM
I seem to remember a thread and photos. Or am I thinking of Seeker?