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A 20-year-old male asked:

Vertical crack on small pinky toe nail. 1 third of it is loose. is it safe to pull off and will it regrow?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
I hate that.: By pulling it off, you risk the chance of doing permanent damage to the nail root. This could cause a bigger issue than you already have. Try trimming the nail to a sensible length and applying a tape to hold the free edge down. As the nail grows it MAY resolve. To remove all doubt and have a more precise solution, based on an actual exam, have a foot specialist look at it.

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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