About 2 months ago, I accidentally smacked my pinkie toe on my coffee table while walking past it. It eventually turned black and started to grow out. It never fell off. Well recently, I accidentally kicked my sons walker and sort of tore the front 1/2 of the toenail off. It was bleeding for a day or two then stopped. It's painless and there's no infection, but now the front 3/4 is completely not attached and is hanging on by the pack portion closest to my cuticle & I'm afraid it might just rip off if it gets caught on something. Should I try to pull the rest of the nail off? Should I leave it alone and let it falloff on its own? Thank you and I appreciate your time and assistance.
I would not tear the toenail off. This could lead to injury of the growth area of the nail and could cause excessive bleeding and higher risk of infection. I would see a podiatrist to have the nail removed properely. Another option would be to keep antibioic cream and a band-aid on the area and wait until it comes off on its own. If it does get painful or red see a podiatrist.
Marc Katz, DPM
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