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Denver, CO
A 20-year-old female asked:

my big toe is green, purple, and black. i dropped a table on it yesterday. is it broken? or will i lose my nail?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Possible: Broken. Nail will probably be lost to a new nail see your doctor to be sure
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Tough to say...: See a podiatrist for an evaluation. It could be broken, and I can usually predict if someone will lose a nail.

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A 31-year-old male asked:

My husband has a toe nail that is rotten & black & the nail is coming off , what could be the cause ?

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