Black Toenail Falling Off

Black Toenail Falling Off – The most common causes of a black toenail that is falling off are a traumatic injury and non-painful constant friction!


Why Is the Toenail Black?

The toenail becomes black because the underside of the the toenail plate is very rich with blood vessels. Once the nail is disturbed and loosened, these blood vessels rupture leading to the pooling of blood. The blood will stop eventually, but there can be increased pain due to increased pressure underneath the nail.


Consider the 4 most common causes of Black Spots On The Toenails:

Black Toenail Falling Off

The Complete Black Toenails Diagnosis Guide.



Will the Toenail Grow Back?

My big toenail is falling off

  • In almost all cases the toenail will grow back.
  • The under surface of the nail plate is needed to nourish it with blood, but the nail will regrow from the base of the nail.
  • The toenail will grow back at approximately 1 millimeter per month, this is very slow.
  • So if you lose the last 5 millimeters of your toenail, it will take approximately 5 months for it to grow back.
  • It is difficult to increase the speed of regrowth.
  • The most you can do to regrow you nail is simply to decrease the pain and swelling when it happens and protect the toe.


Three Common Causes:

The occurrence of a black toenail falling off is usually due to three common causes:


1) Traumatic Toenail Injury:

Black Toenail Falling Off


  • Severe pain and throbbing.
  • Obvious injury.
  • Dropping something heavy or hitting your toe really hard.
  • Black or red appearance.
  • Obvious bleeding.

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2)Constant Rubbing Due To Exercise:

Black Toenail Falling Off


  • Pain may be absent, mild, moderate or severe.
  • Gradually appears over time.
  • Most common in people with new shoes starting a new exercise routine.
  • Common in people starting to exercise after taking a long break.
  • Marathon training can usually cause this!
  • Black or red appearance.
  • It may even be loose without obvious blood.

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3)Toenail Fungus Causing Separation:

Black Toenail Falling Off



  • Pain may range from completely absent to chronic aching pain.
  • Very thick toenails.
  • Yellow, green or brown toenails.
  • Thick and crumbling toenails.
  • Very brittle and can break apart as you pick against them.


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More Black Toenail Related Problems:

See if any of these other problems apply to your situation!

  1. Toenail Fungus.

  2. Very Long Toenails.

  3. Ingrown Toenail.

  4. Toenail Falling Off.

  5. Black Streaks Under The Nails.

  6. White Patches On Toenails.

  7. Black Spot Under The Toenail.

  8. Red Spot Under The Toenail.

  9. Toenail Coming Off The Nail Bed.

  10. Toenail Psoriasis .


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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.