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When can you treat broken toenails at home?

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Your can break or rip a toenail after stubbing your toe or dropping something on it. You can care for it at home if:

  • The tear isn't too far down toward your foot, and the nail is still attached to the nail bed.
  • Any bleeding stops quickly.
  • You have little, if any, blood pooling under the remaining nail (it will look like a blue-black spot), and it doesn't hurt much.
  • The toe itself looks normal.

SOURCES:

Podiatry Today : "How To Address Nail Bed Injuries."

National Center for Emergency Medicine Informatics: "10.04 Finger or toenail avulsion," "10.07 Subungual Hematoma."

Montreal Children's Hospital: "Finger and Toe Injuries."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Toe Injury."

Baylor Scott and White Health, McLane Children's: "Nail Bed Injury."

Fairview Health Services: "Patient information: Detached Fingernail or Toenail."

Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University: "Why is my toenail falling off?"

NHS Choices: "Nail abnormalities."

American Family Physician : "Nail Abnormalities: Clues to Systemic Disease."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on September 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Podiatry Today : "How To Address Nail Bed Injuries."

National Center for Emergency Medicine Informatics: "10.04 Finger or toenail avulsion," "10.07 Subungual Hematoma."

Montreal Children's Hospital: "Finger and Toe Injuries."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Toe Injury."

Baylor Scott and White Health, McLane Children's: "Nail Bed Injury."

Fairview Health Services: "Patient information: Detached Fingernail or Toenail."

Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University: "Why is my toenail falling off?"

NHS Choices: "Nail abnormalities."

American Family Physician : "Nail Abnormalities: Clues to Systemic Disease."

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on September 20, 2017

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