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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:24 PM
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If you accidently rip off most of your big toenail,
does it ever grow back right?

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Fredda Weinberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:26 PM
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1. If the nailbed is intact, yes
But it doesn't always grow back the right way. Good luck.
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:27 PM
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3. I hope it's OK. I'd miss my flip flops too much.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:32 PM
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6. you can get an artificial toe nail
which, yes, it's my way of informing you that there's a decent chance that it will NOT grow back normally, esp. if it has been torn off before and/or you've had surgery on the toe before

never give up hope, i had several fingernails torn off as well and one of them took over two years to come in normally under the artificial nail, it came in wrong (too high) many times so that it kept getting torn off again -- but today it is completely normal and has been for several years
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:54 PM
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8. Oy. An artificial toenail.
I don't think I'll bother with that. I'll just keep wrapping it in hopes that it grows back normally. I have ugly feet to begin with, I don't need it to be worse.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:27 PM
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2. Depends on how much damage the accident did to the growing part
or matrix of your nail bed.

Did the nail come off completely?

Are you in pain? Did you go and get it examined by a doctor?

Are you just supposin'???
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:31 PM
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4. It actually happened a couple of weeks ago.
No, it didn't come all the way off. Just most of it. Yes, it was painful. No, I didn't see the need to go to the doctor.

Looks as though the nail bed is OK. There's still a little bit of pinkish color at the root of the remaining bit of the toenail. I have a feeling that it might grow back weird-looking though.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:34 PM
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7. way too soon to give up hope, my friend
my toenail was originally torn off in fourth grade, and i've had years at a time where it came in normally, esp. after i had surgery when i was a teen-ager

alas, my toe was badly injured again a few years ago and it looks like this time it might not ever come back but who knows...
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 12:49 AM
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13. Keep it really clean so you don't get fungus growing as the nail regrows
Lost a big toe toenail years ago when a log fell on it. Have been battling toenail fungus ever since, (and it can make your nail become thick making things very uncomfortable.) I was completely unaware at the time (young) that it wasn't just a simple regrowing process.

If you can, get checked out by a doc, and find out what you need to do to promote healthy regrowth :hi:
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-22-06 11:32 PM
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5. Ow.
That's gotta hurt like hell! :hug:
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 12:32 AM
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9. Ouch!
That does HURT!!!!!! I was pissed at work one day and slambed(?) the freezer door...slid right across my big toe.
Wow, That was 15 years ago and I still remember that moment. :grr:

I guess I lucked out because it healed pretty fast. I hope yours does the same.
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DanCa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 12:34 AM
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10. yep completely.
Edited on Sun Jul-23-06 12:34 AM by DanCa
It hurts like a sonofbee don't it?
Hang in there it'll grow back by the end of next week.
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Monk06 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 12:52 AM
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14. I hauled my fingernail out by root with a lawn mower nail bed and all.
Edited on Sun Jul-23-06 01:48 AM by gbrooks
I takes months before it's healed enough to take
even a moderate amount of pressure.

I was basically left handed for a year.

Plus I discovered the root of a fingernail
is actually square. Both me and my foreman
almost puked and passed out before he drove
me to emergency.

The ER nurse asked me what was wrong when I
showed up. I held up my finger, which had a
foot long string of coagulated blood hangng
from it and she freaked too.

Altogether a pretty eventful day.

Beauty of it was due to my trade I got three
months off in the summer with workmen's comp
and got to go to the beach every day with my
two year old son.

Gotta love that !!!!!!!!
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DanCa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 12:56 AM
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15. Ouch that had to suck
Edited on Sun Jul-23-06 12:57 AM by DanCa
When I ever I lost a toe nail it wasn't no where near as bad as that. The longest it ever took back was about a week to a week and a half.
Glad to hear though that you made the most out of it any right. :hug:
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Monk06 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 01:16 AM
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18. I've lost several big toe nails due to impact injuries from running.


They just go black and fall off after a week
or so. But when you haul the nail bed out that's
a whole nuther. No wonder it's a form of torture.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 12:37 AM
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11. This hurts just reading it
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Jazz2006 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 12:38 AM
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12. Ouch. Been there, done that.
But it grew back.

The pain, though.... just reading your post brought back nasty memories.

Have a few of these:

:toast: :toast: :toast: and be patient (and very, very careful not to bang the toe up against ANYTHING while it's healing.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 01:01 AM
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16. Mine did
I accidentally tore it off when I was a kid and it grew back fine.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 01:06 AM
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17. Yes
(voice of painful experience)
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