Loose Toenail Injury

Subject: Loose toenail injury
Question: about a week ago i fell off of a push bike on a bitumen road. when i looked at my toenail it was attached but it had a crease in it near the base that looked like the nail had bent up and come back down. the whole toenail was a dull light blue colour the day after until today (7 days later) now the end third of the nail has become regular color. it has had a tiny amount of discharge from the base of the nail everyday which is a clear slightly reddish color and it feels a little loose and has been tingly every day. will it fall off? and should i see a doctor? so far i have been keeping a bandaid on it and changing and washing daily.
Answer: Dear Helen,
This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says…
For the loose toenail. There is a good chance it may fall off. Nothing you can do except protect the area under the toenail If It is long-gently trim it so it does not hit any shoegear. Use clingy gauze & just a little antibiotic ointment. A bandaid will trap moisture-stop using. Avoid a lot of tapping-let the site breath-it will take several months to get a new toenail. Even if it is going to fall off-you want it pushed off by the new toenail. If it seems infected—red, warm, painful, swollen,continued discharge. If the tingling does not stop within a few days-go see a Podiatrist.
Hope this helps
Good Luck!
The podiatrists of AnkleNFootCenters.com are specialists in orthopedics and sports medicine.
We are located in Chicago & Elmhurst

Dr George Tsatsos & Svetlana Zats
Podiatrist Chicago 60618 & Elmhurst 60126 Podiatrists
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery & Orthopedics
New South Loop Location-Chicago 60661

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