Toenail Pain [Toenail Fungus, Ingrown Toenails, Discolored Toenails]
Toenail Falling Off: The Podiatrist SECRET To Stopping It!
The toenail falling off can be from major trauma or repeated microtrauma. 95% of the time, it will grow back! If you follow this CRITICAL TIP!
- Red & black toenail pain can be improved with a few simple treatment changes.
- We are foot doctors & we see this problem get better almost every day.
- The goal is to solve this problem without medication or surgery if at all possible.
So, let’s GO!
What to do when your toenail falls off video:
In the following video, we go over:
- Toenail falling off
- Toenail falling off but still attached
- What to do when your toenail falls off
- Toenail falling off fungus
- Why are my toenails falling off
- Big toenail falling off
- Toenail regrowth after falling off
Why Did My Toenail Turn Black?
Red or Black Toenail Picture & Photo Gallery:
- A red toenail generally means fresh blood or a fresh injury.
- This can be called a toenail hematoma or fresh blood from repetitive irritation.
- A black toenail is generally more dried blood that has crested underneath the toenail.
- Very infrequently, can a black toenail be something more dangerous like melanoma?
- It is also possible for your toenail to the infected with toenail fungus. This can also then result in rubbing and bleeding after the toenail fungus.
- If there is toenail fungus, this is usually more of a brown or yellow color.
- A toenail falling off is a widespread problem as well.
Please click on the photo gallery for descriptions & full-size photos!
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The SECRET to Fixing a Toenail that is Falling Off:
I won’t make you wait.
- The SECRET to creating a toenail that is falling off accepts that it is dead and trimming it.
- You can give it a day or two, so it hurts less. But you do have to trim the loose skin and dead toenail tissue.
- If you leave it for too long, fungus and bacteria will start growing on this.
- Properly trimming your toenail and filing it will prevent a new healthy toenail from growing back.
- The SECRET is to accept defeat and let a new toenail grow back healthy.
Causes of a Toenail Falling Off:
From most common to least common:
1) Traumatic Injury:
- Always preceded by hitting your toe or dropping something on it!
- Red or black under the nail bed.
- Bleeding out the end of the nail.
- Loose nail.
- Long jogging, possible tight shoes.
- Pain may not always be there.
- Red or black under the nail bed.
- Bleeding out the end of the nail.
- Loose nail.
- If your toenail becomes loose and cut off from blood flow, the fungus can start growing quickly.
- Properly trimming the loose and dead toenail is the SECRET! Your dead loose toenail needs to be trimmed before fungus and bacteria start growing on it.
- Don’t leave the toenail stuck to this site.
- Thick and flaky toenails.
- Dry-looking toenail.
- Yellow or green discoloration.
- Usually no pain.
- Usually no swelling.
- Usually poor blood flow and/or diabetes.
- Possible odor.
Fungal infections are a special case that needs added consideration:
- If you also have Athlete’s foot or a foot fungus infection, it is essential to treat this!
- Foot fungus can easily spread from your skin to your toenail as time goes on.
- So make sure you fix both and take care of your foot fungus with these great products:
Will A Toenail Falling Off Grow Back?
- In almost all cases except toenail fungus, the nail will grow back by itself!
- The nail grows back at approximately 1 millimeter per month.
- This growth is prolonged, and it is very tough to make it grow back faster!
Home Treatment of a Toenail Falling Off:
Step 1: Trim the dead loose toenail and the loose, damaged skin:
- If the toenail is black and loose with callus/blister under it. It won’t survive.
- The key is to exfoliate and trim the dead toenail.
Step 2: Treat for fungus or bacteria if not healing properly:
- The remaining tissue should be treated for fungus if there is discoloration.
- An antifungal agent may be necessary.
- Consider the following recommended treatment options for home:
If you have fungal toenails as described above, then skip straight to our fungus guide:
If you have suffered a traumatic injury or constant chronic rubbing, continue reading!
Step 1: Understand the Injury!
- Accept that the nail needs to grow back!
- It grows at 1mm per month; this means 6-9 months if the entire toenail has fallen off!
- Unfortunately, there is not too much that can be done to speed up the growth of the nail beyond leading a healthy lifestyle and getting lots of exercise and sun(basically anything that boosts your metabolism).
Step 2: Treat The Pain!
- If the toe is really painful – apply ice for 15-20 mins until it starts to get numb.
- Initially elevate the foot to decrease the pain as well.
- Take some anti-inflammatory medication to prevent long-lasting pain.
- Put a band-aid on it so that it does not catch on anything!
Step 3: Trim and File the Nail!
- Once the pain is decreased, trim the nail so that it is no longer loose!
- Trim all the loose nails. It is already detached and gone.
- If it catches on a sock or bed sheet, you may re-injure it!
- Use an emery board or pumice stone to trim the nail down.
Step 4: Prevent Infection:
- Apply some antibiotic ointment cream ( Neosporin and triple antibiotic ointment).
- Do this for a week or two after the injury.
- If the toe is getting red hot and swollen, you experience nausea, fever, or redness moving up the toe or throbbing pain that lasts past the icing, anti-inflammatory medication, and elevation, then you likely have an infection.
- Get yourself to a podiatrist or an emergency room as soon as possible.
Step 5: Protect the Toenail:
- If you continue running or working on that foot, put some heavy-duty duct tape or athletic tape over the band-aid.
- If you are a runner or exercise, get some bigger or better shoes!
- If you work construction, consider some steel-toe shoes!
Step 6: Wait for the Toenail to Grow Back!
- Unless you damaged the nail matrix(the base of the nail), then it should grow back every time.
- Almost all grow back normally!
- If there is matrix damage, the nail may curve more or be thicker- it is essentially a scar on the nail bed.
- Treatment at this point should be a follow-up with your podiatrist!
Other Related Nail Problems:
See if any of these other problems apply to your situation!
- Toenail Fungus
- Very Long Toenails
- Ingrown Toenail
- Toenail Falling Off
- Black Streaks Under The Nails
- White Patches On Toenails
- Black Spot Under The Toenail
- Red Spot Under The Toenail
- Toenail Coming Off The Nail Bed
- Toenail Psoriasis
Best Toenail Fungus Products:
- These are our favorite products to treat toenail fungus at home.
- Keratin Granulations are very easily taken care of through moisturizing your nails with cuticle wax, oils and simply avoiding nail polish for a little while.
- It is unnecessary to buy anything expensive or online; it is fine to use a product like Vaseline or any other petroleum oil in most circumstances.
- So, get yourself some petroleum jelly at your corner store and apply it to your nails at night when you won’t be using your hands. In 2 weeks, you should be in great shape!
- Make sure you read the reviews and see if it is good for you!
How to fix toenail fungus:
- There are many different types of toenail damage.
- In our experience, about 90% or more is related to toenail fungus.
- The key to toenail fungus is to trim it as much as possible and file that nailed down.
- These products are not meant to replace prescription drugs or medical treatment equipment.
- If you can do that, you must make sure you can kill fungus the rest of the way.
- The best way to do that is to soak exfoliate the affected toenail skin. So, consider foot soaks.
- At the same time, you must apply antifungal medication such as these medications recommended here or the toenail repair pens.
Best Toenail Fungus Clippers & Files:
- You must be careful using this at home and deftly do not use these if you have dangerous health conditions.
- These are some great value heavy-duty clippers and sets.
- The key is to cut straight across and file the nail down from the top to keep it from impinging in the corners.
- It is also important to make sure all dead, dry skin is removed surrounding the foot.
- This is where you should really see your podiatrist if you have any concerns or are worried about cutting or hurting yourself.
- This is something covered, so do not take chances with your health!
Best Toenail Fungus Polish and Remover:
- There is some great toenail fungus polish options and polish removal options.
- There are no acetone-based toenail polish removers, they don’t dry as quickly, but they are less like a dehydrator toenail.
- This also applies to your fingernails and hands.
- The benefits of using these non-toxic toenail polishes are they are filled with non-fungal options such as tea tree oil which prevents the spread of toenail fungus.
- These can also work well for the fingernails.
- So great combo is to use one of these healthier toenail paint options, as well as a non-acetone-based toenail polish remover.
Best Antifungal Moisture Wicking Socks:
- These are some great options for moisture-wicking socks.
- We tried to focus on budget value stocks that are not too expensive.
- Sure, there are better stocks out there, but these are great socks for a great price for most people.
- If you have diabetes, focus on getting yourself some diabetic socks.
Best woman’s antifungal socks:
Best men’s antifungal socks:
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Recommended foot fungus products:
- It is also essential to fix your foot fungus.
- Even if you cure your toenail fungus, keep your toenails trimmed in healthy: your foot fungus can spread back into toenails.
- It is not a far journey from skin fungus to jump onto your toenails again.
- So, make sure you treat your foot fungus, as well as your toenail fungus.
Get The Best Shoes:
- You want to get great shoes and sandals for your toenail fungus and foot fungus.
- Specifically, when you are in a communal shower or pool, you want to get a good pair of sandals. We compiled a great list of our recommended orthotic flip-flops.
- You also want to get new breathable shoes that are not covered in sweat and mesh around the toes.
- Specifically, good pairs of running shoes have a mesh where your toes are. This prevents your toenails from rubbing and prevents them from dreaming on the front of the foot.
- Click on the below link to see which shoes we recommend for your toenail fungus and foot fungus.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What to do when your toenail falls off?
Patients frequently ask us the question, “what to do when your toenail falls off?” The answer to this question is to firstly monitor for infection and ensure that no redness or pain is developing. Secondly, the goal would be to have your podiatrist trim and manage the loose portion of the nail. We frequently see this loose nail and get caught on a T-shirt during the day and ripped the nail off, further causing more damage. It is important to prevent the injury from getting worse and causing even more pain. Only the attached nail can still heel and grow. It does take numerous months for a new toenail to grow and replace the detached nail.
Why are my toenails falling off?
When we hear the question, why are my toenails falling off? The most common answer is too much pressure on the toenails. It is possible that a systemic disease such as cancer or diabetes could be causing the toenails to fall off. It is important to check with your podiatrist as a result. But the most important cause of toenails falling off by themselves is caused by tight shoes and too much pressure on the feet. This is by far the #1 cause of why toenails fall off by themselves.
How to make a toenail fall off faster?
- The answer to the questions that had to make a toenail fell off faster is to have your podiatrist trim.
- If the nail is loose and painful, it can take an exceptionally long time to come off.
- We can correct a loose toenail quickly as a podiatrist the right toenail fungus trimming tools and clippers.
- This is possible to do at home but can be dangerous, so always check with a doctor.
- Worried about infection or wound.
- This is especially more if you have diabetes health concerns.
Toenail regrowth after falling off?
- How long does it take for toenail regrowth after falling off?
- The most common answer to this question is that it takes about 4 months for a toenail to grow the length of a grain of rice.
- This, on average, means that a toenail can grow between 1 mm to 1.5 mm per month.
- This is extremely slow!
- It can take a big toenail 12 months or more in some cases to grow back completely.
Why do toenails fall off?
- The common question is, why do toenails fall off?
- The most common cause is too much pressure on your toes especially combined with bunion and hammertoe pain.
- Most people put too much pressure on their feet!
- The most common cause for toenails coming loose is pressure rubbing and callus forming underneath the toenails.
- This always comes with a disclaimer because there are other causes like systemic illnesses such as diabetes.
- There are also causes such as cancer or chemotherapeutic and make your toenails.
- In our experience, the systemic causes are a little bit less common. But always check with your doctor in a podiatrist.
Why do my toenails keep falling off?
- If he keeps asking himself why my toenails keep falling off, and there is no clear cause, this may be a problem.
- As you mentioned earlier, the #1 cause is pressure in tight shoes as the cause of toenails falling off.
- But if you can rule out this cause a problem, there may be a systemic disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune disease, and cancer, or potentially even a lung or peripheral arterial disease.
What to do if the toenail falls off?
- If you must ask yourself the question, what to do if my toenail falls off?
- The answer is usually to prioritize stopping infection.
- We will recommend contacting your podiatrist if you have health issues.
- Otherwise, topical antibiotic cream and a Band-Aid can be helpful.
- The goal is to close the wound site and coat it with a topical antibiotic.
The toenail is falling off but is it still attached?
- What should you do if your toenails falling off but are still attached?
- The answer is that the priority should be to trim the falling off a toenail.
- If you have a health condition, your podiatrist should do this, especially if you have diabetes, smoke, or other health issues.
- If the toenail is long, he can get caught on your close or your shoes and rebuffed, further causing longer pain and slower healing.
- The second priority should be to prevent an infection.
- This means that a podiatrist would generally put topical antibiotic ointment on top of the toenail bed and a Band-Aid.
- This would prevent it from causing more pain.
My Big toenail is falling off?
- If you are big toenail is falling off, this is mostly caused by pressure on your big toe joint.
- We find that tight shoes or curved shoes are the most common reason for the big toenail falling off.
- As mentioned earlier, the toenail should be cleaned up by a specialist.
- At the same time, a topical antibiotic and a Band-Aid should be applied until the skin heals.
Toenail falling off after an injury?
- If you are big toenail is falling off after an injury, there is extraordinarily little chance that it will reattach itself.
- There is always a chance that it could reattach, but our experience is highly likely it is more likely to trap door and blood, potentially causing infection.
- As podiatrists, we always recommend cleaning up the loose dead tissue and applying a topical antibiotic and protecting the site.
Why is my toenail falling off running?
- It is quite common for toenails to fall off after running.
- If your toenail is falling off while running, this might mean that there is too much pressure on your feet.
- In our opinion, if there is that much damage bruising going on to her toes, then it might be a little bit too aggressive.
- If this happens regularly and potentially getting some better running shoes or better running orthotics may help.
What does it mean when your toenail falls off?
The question “What does it mean when your toenail falls off?” is frequently asked. There are many different causes, and we detail them in the video above. The most common is a traumatic nail injury, which means repetitive rubbing while running or standing all day. It is also possible to have your toenail fall off from the toenail fungus. It is generally good to see her podiatrist and get that toenail cleaned off and make sure it does not come back.
What happens if your toenail falls off?
We frequently hear the question, what happens if your toenail falls off? Usually, what happens is the toenail will grow back. It does grow very slowly, on average, about 1.5 mm per month. This means it can take over 12-16 months for your toenail to grow back and replace itself on the toe. We detail how long it takes to do this in the video above.
What to do if the toenail falls off?
Another common question is what to do with the toenail falls off? The best thing to do is to clean off the loose but still attached nail. It generally podiatrist can do this for you, and this is safest. The next thing to do is wait about a week or 2 with topical antibiotic ointment and a bandage to protect that toe. At that point, it is generally a good idea to wait about 12-16 months and keep that toe covered in a good shoe with good orthotics that the toenail can grow back. Toenails grow around slower than fingernails. The fingernails can grow back on average in about six months; it can take over 12 months to grow back.
Why do my toenails keep falling off?
Another common question is why do my toenails keep falling off. We often hear this in people who have toenail fungus and put a lot of pressure on their feet. Generally, these are people with contractures and tightness that put repetitive stress and pressure on their big toe joints or other smaller toes bilaterally. This can lead to the toenail falling off and causing a lot of tenderness through the left and the right great toe.
If my toenail falls off, will it grow back?
It is common to wonder, “if my toenail falls off, will it grow back?” The answer is that yes, it usually will grow back. The cases where it will grow back are in severe diseases like cancer or severe toenail fungus. It is also common in people who have repetitive stress to the big toe joint or the other toes while standing and walking all day long.
If your toenail falls off, will it grow back?
We also hear, “if your toenail falls off your foot, grow back?” The answer to this question is yes, that the toenail will usually grow back. Toenails grow back in about 12-16 months, where his fingernails can grow back in about 6 months. This means that toenails go back very slow at about 1.5 mm per month. This is a very slow regrowth.
What happens when your toenail falls off?
It is easy to wonder what happens when your toenail falls off. This usually means that some trauma or fungus has happened to her toenail. It can also mean that he had a series of your disease like chemotherapy from cancer. Generally, the toenail will grow back unless the same problem persists. So this means if you are on your feet or running all day long, the toenail can have a hard time going back if it continues to take damage like it was before.
Why do my toenails fall off?
People also wonder why do my toenails fall off? The most common answer is trauma and pressure into the feet. This means that you’re usually putting a lot of pressure on her feet, or he has developed fungus in her toenails. It is also possible to have diseases like losing her toenail from diabetes, being severely overweight from having numerous health issues, chemotherapy, psoriasis, or potentially rheumatoid arthritis. Work with your podiatrist to diagnose these conditions.
Bruised toenail falling off?
What if you have a bruised toenail falling off? The most common cause of a bruised toenail falling off is repetitive stress. People sometimes think that a one-time trauma or injury can lead to the toenail falling off, but not experienced usually repetitive stress like standing all day running or jogging.
How to make a toenail fall off?
The most common way to make a toenail fall off is trauma or injury to the big toe joint. This can also happen to the pinky toe joint. The second most common way we see is repetitive stress or trauma, such as running or walking for long periods of time. It is also possible to have foot fungus to the toes, which can cause a lot of pain and tenderness bilaterally.
Does toenail keep falling off?
If the toenails keep falling off? This usually means that there is some repetitive injury through the left and the right foot. This can be a large trauma but most commonly does repetitive stress and trauma. This is very common to see in someone with arthritis and poor shoes who has to stand all day. It is also widespread to see severe foot fungus diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and chemotherapy.
Toenails falling off diabetes?
It is also widespread to have toenails falling off due to diabetes, including type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. This is consistent with peripheral neuropathy as well through the left and the right foot. This can cause repeat pressure to the toes.
What causes your toenails to fall off?
The most common causes of toenails falling off is repetitive stress and trauma. This is also consistent with toenail fungus and repetitive stress to the toes. It is also possible to have diabetes with peripheral neuropathy causing numbness and your toenails falling off.
Why would a toenail fall off?
Another question is why a toenail would fall off? We explain in the video but most common causes are health conditions such as chemotherapy, cancer diabetes; these are possible. But the most common causes are repetitive stress and trauma to the toes of foot pain ball the foot pain hammertoe, and bunion pain.
Why are my dog’s toenails falling off?
We are generally not dog specialists. But if dogs’ toenails are falling off, this is usually due to some trauma or repetitive stress. It is probably a good idea to have that checked out on your dog and make sure they do not have any underlying systemic diseases because this is most likely possible as well.
If a toenail falls off, will it grow back?
If the toenail falls off, will it grow back? The answer is, in most cases, yes unless the same because that made a follow-up in the first place is present. This is actually a fairly common situation.
Is my toenail going to fall off?
Is my toenail going to fall off if it is detached? In most cases, it will not reattach. We generally recommend treating and trimming this toenail to get it back in a good position.
What happens when a toenail falls off?
Another common question is, “What happens when a toenail falls off?” The answer to this question is that generally, the toenail will grow back in about 12-16 months. He does go out about 1.5 mm per month.
If your toenail falls off, what happens?
In most cases, the toenail will grow back over time.
Why did my pinky toenail fall off?
The most common cause of pinky toenails falling is due to shoe rubbing. This is associated with overpronation. We recommend treating overpronation and getting good supportive shoes, and this should prevent that pain.
Toenail Pain [Toenail Fungus, Ingrown Toenails, Discolored Toenails]