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Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

Bandaid and topical: The best treatment would be to get the wound assessed by a doctor. With that said if the there are no lacerations in the nail bed and the rest of the nail is attached firmly, no treatment would be necessary except for maybe a bandaid with topical antibiotic cream for a few days. If the nail is loose it may need to be taken off by a doctor or it may fall off on its own soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

May: Depending on the type of injury it is probably a good idea to have this evaluated by a specialist, especially is this is the result of a crushing injury, to ensure that there are no other concomitant issues such as a fracture. ...Read more

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Could a broken toe nail grow back?

Could a broken toe nail grow back?

Broken toe nails: Usually grow back. If you are experiencing problems would encourage you to see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more

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Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Avoid amputation: If you have adequate soft tissue over the bone and tendon, there would be no reason to amputate. A tip without graft will usually gradually fill in, but graft can get quicker coverage. A general rule of thumb is that if area is less than 1 cm in diameter graft not much benefit, if it is quite a bit larger than that then placing a graft on is a consideration. ...Read more

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Had infections at nailbed & ingrown nail. saw podiatrist for ingrown nail 6 mth ago nail now yellow & broken. Will it grow out? Can I use fake nail?

Had infections at nailbed & ingrown nail. saw podiatrist for ingrown nail 6 mth ago nail now yellow & broken. Will it grow out? Can I use fake nail?

Nail regrowth: As long as the nailbed has not been damaged or removed, nails should regrow with time (lots of time). Sometimes the new growth is characterized by discoloration or distortion, and this is usually permanent. Occlusion of the exposed nailbed with artificial nails and chemicals may further damage the nailbed and inhibit any new growth that might occur. ...Read more

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Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Quit Sloughing off.: Skin sloughing, particularly after a period of immobilization and departure from one's daily bathing routine, is almost a given when the immobilization and swelling end. Layers of dead skin cells that are normally sloughed during one's daily routine have piled up and are revealed as these skin "sheets". One can only imagine how much skin is shedded daily by your body daily. ...Read more

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Does screw removal from ankle require a cast? Screws removed from bone

Does screw removal from ankle require a cast? Screws removed from bone

Varies: It does vary in part on surgeons preference and also the nature of the bone and fracture involved. When the screw is removed, there is a hollow bone tunnel left where the screw was that slowly fills in with bone. In some situations, this can act as a stress riser to create a new fracture and that is the usual rationale for protecting some patients with a cast after screw removal. Thank you. ...Read more

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CRPS- L foot-infected toenail. Nail removed, nail bed not destroyed -still infected. Could dr/podiatrist treat nail bed now to get rid of infection?

CRPS- L foot-infected toenail. Nail  removed, nail bed not destroyed -still infected. Could dr/podiatrist treat nail bed now to get rid of infection?

Infected nail: Yes. It should rather straight forward to now treat the infection. in the interim soak in salt water and white vinegar. Three tablespoons each , warm water for 5-7minutesuntil you see the doctor ...Read more

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Had ingrown toenail on big toe,removed it. where toenail came off nail bed it wont grow back.i have half toenail on big toe.why won't it grow back.Ty?

Had ingrown toenail on big toe,removed it. where toenail came off nail bed it wont grow back.i have half toenail on big toe.why won't it grow back.Ty?

In the Details.: Some toenail surgeries will allow the toenail to regrow. But, there are procedures that permanently stop the nail from regrowing. This variation is usually explained before the surgery is done and your consent given. Having said that, some times the nail root is stunted during the nail removal procedure. This can temporarily slow regrowth of the involved nail. You might check with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Big toe nail has partially detached. Leave it alone or remove it?

Big toe nail has partially detached. Leave it alone or remove it?

The part : That is lifted up can be trimmed.....So that there is no free edge to get caught on a sock.....Sometimes, hat free edge can be filed.....If unsure see a foot doc. ...Read more

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Slammed pinky in door,can't bend.Skin scraped off, ottom of nail pulled up,some of nailbed beyond where nail begins,shows.Entire arm hurts.WhatCanIDo?

Slammed pinky in door,can't bend.Skin scraped off, ottom of nail pulled up,some of nailbed beyond where nail begins,shows.Entire arm hurts.WhatCanIDo?

Needs to be seen: That should be evaluated by a ER physician/hand surgeon. If the nail isn't secured back down underneath the fold of skin at the base of the nail it can cause healing issues ...Read more

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2.5 cm cut, top of foot below big toe, 6 stiches. Hallucis longus tendon was partially cut, wearing a cam boot. Is it ok to be on feet 5 hours?

2.5 cm cut, top of foot below big toe, 6 stiches. Hallucis longus tendon was partially cut, wearing a cam boot. Is it ok to be on feet 5 hours?

Don't even ask.: This is an example of one of those hypotheticals that that surgeons are expected to have an answer for without knowing all the details. After practicing for almost forty years, my answer has never wavered. "If you have to ask, the answer is NO." ...Read more

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6wks pst op bunion removed & screw in big toe, wires in 2 toes. Plaster & wires removed 2 days ago. The big toe is sticking up is this normal?

6wks pst op bunion removed & screw in big toe, wires in 2 toes. Plaster & wires removed 2 days ago. The big toe is sticking up is this normal?

Have it evaluated.: The position of the big toe immediately following cast, pin, and bandage removal is not necessarily reflect its final position after you have regained strength and mobility following the postoperative and rehabilitation period. For some procedures, the big toe may be purposely fused in a slightly elevated position and you may not be use to that. Consult with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can chip frcture on anterior margin of scaphoid bone heal itself by using metal brace splint on wrist. Ortho surgeon has recommended to use splnt?

Can chip frcture on anterior margin of scaphoid bone heal itself by using metal brace splint on wrist. Ortho surgeon has recommended to use splnt?

Yes: Occasionally that bone does not heal, so pay attention to your doctor's-:advice-even with adequate immobilation that bone may not heal and ultimately need surgery ...Read more

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Hit finger with hammer, will i need fingernail removed?

Hit finger with hammer, will i need fingernail removed?

Possibly: Removal of the nail plate after trauma usually is indicated if there is significant evidence or suspicion of a nail bed laceration. Removing the nail plate would provide access to the laceration for repair. Subsequently, many physicians will reattach the nail plate on a temporary basis for protection of the healing laceration. ...Read more

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Torn piece of nail off finger scared will grow clean it band aid blooding stop?

Torn piece of nail off finger  scared will grow  clean  it   band aid  blooding  stop?

Nail injury: Keep it clean , protect it with band aid . Keep the portion of the nail bed which is missing the nail clean , protected . Most nail injuries heal slowly and well as long as the nail bed has not been disrupted , Typically tearing of nails without a crush component heal with return of a normal nail ! ...Read more

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Surgery on proximal middle phalanx of pinky finger, was rebroken with screw put in,put in a soft cast for 2 wks and then what will I be put in?

Surgery on proximal middle phalanx of pinky finger, was rebroken with screw put in,put in a soft cast for 2 wks and then what will I be put in?

Early ROM: Studies show with rigid open reduction and early fixation early motion with gradual q1hour active range of motion exercise without load are important as the edema and swelling decrease. A dynamic splint for protection is the probable next move in the splint hierarchy. See this study:http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdfplus/10.2519/jospt.2004.34.12.781 ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more