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Smashed Toe

Hi Ladies...so Tuesday evening, the drawer full of silverware fell on my left big toe. I went to the emergency room...was only in there for like 20 minutes before they sent me home with a little shoe, a bag of ice and a note that said it is believed my toe is fractured. Hurt like heck that night and the following day...but now it's fine..it's just the nail that irritates me. My friend had the same thing but a vase fell on her toe and hers isn't fractured, but she said she had to drain it. That's why mine feels good now, because I drained it (I know gross right, sorry!) Anyways, she said eventually the nail would fall off (I'm so dreading!) Has anyone had this happen? As of right now, (sorry it's gross) I can lift the nail...and move it around...not lift it all the way, but just enough to move it. Do I let it take its course and just fall off or can I "help" it? I'm more into just letting it fall off, but it hurts to walk on it now because I guess it is loose...I don't know. I hate the whole thing and want my toe back!

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So What Happened?™

Thank you ladies for all your comments and advice. I'm leaving it alone. It doesn't hurt to walk on it now...at least during the day...but the nail is annoying. It's looking like a ghost now so I guess it's preparing to say goodbye :( Thank you though!

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DON'T pull it off.
Let it fall of naturally and the new nail will grow along with it.

Put a Band-Aid on it to prevent it from getting snagged/pulled off and keep it stable.

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Don't pull it off-it will come off when the new one has grown out sufficiently!

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I'm so sorry, M.. That happened to my sister. Just let it come off on its own. If the pressure is too great, draining it will help. And yeah, it's gonna hurt.

Wear that 'shoe' so you don't kick something and end up over the moon in pain.


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let it run it course or it wil hurt worse. a broken toe is hard to walk on for 3 or four days then it gets tender but bearable. I couldnt put a shoe on for about 4 days. dont baby it walk on it yes i know it hurts but the more you baby it the longer its going to hurt. kinda like telling a kid in baseball to walk it off or it will stiffen when hit by a baseball same idea

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It took me about six months or more to regrow my big toenail after dropping a giant coffee mug on it. My husband made me sit for hours with my foot up icing it on and off when it happened, then the toenail turned black, sometimes blood seeped out, and then when I lifted it I got pus. That was when I actually lifted and cut away the nail (with sterile tools!) and cleaned the whole thing really well. I preferred having everything exposed to heal and prevent infection, but I never went to the doctor's for it.

No matter what you do, it will just take time to get your nail back. I thoroughly enjoyed painting my nails the summer AFTER it happened because I actually had one there. So, if you don't mind leaving it, leave it. I personally hate leaving things like that. =)

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When I was a teenager, I stubbed my toe and really injured it. Same as with you, it hurt really bad and I knew that the nail would probably eventually fall off. Other than bandaging it for a while and putting neosporin on it, I didn't mess with the nail and it eventually fell off on its own without any pain -- in fact, I don't think I even noticed it falling off, just that it had. I think you should give your toe the TLC it needs but try not to play with the nail. It will come off when it is ready to.

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I dropped a TV on my toe and it was awful. My nail turned black. It started getting loose and was gross! Like a floppy loose tooth, it drove me nuts! I tried "helping" it...and I don't advise it!
You have to let the flesh under the nail heal up, and as it does, the nail will get looser and looser. It will eventually come off by itself. I actually tugged too hard and tore the skin and it was horribly painful! Then I had that wound to deal with.
Get as much air to it as possible, but keep it covered loosely so that it won't snag or get caught on something and wrip off.
My nail grew back in just fine, not deformed or anything. It took a little while, but once that skin heals up, it's not so painful during that process.

Good luck and best wishes.

Let it fall of naturally. It is healing as it comes off and the skin is really sensitive under it. I so hated it but the nail did grow back, eventually. Good luck.

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