My Toenail Fell Off, Now What? | Triad Foot & Ankle Center

My Toenail Fell Off, Now What?

We’ve all been there: you stubbed your toe, and the throbbing pain quickly follows. Stubbing your toe can range from mild irritation to trauma to the toe, which can cause the toenail to fall off.

However, trauma is not the only reason for losing a toenail; it can also be caused by fungal infections, chemotherapy, psoriasis, or other illnesses. If you have recently lost a toenail, don’t worry, it will likely grow back.

How to care for your toe after losing your nail:

  1. Clean your toe and nail bed with Epsom salt soak.
  2. Apply an antibiotic ointment as a precaution against infection and cover the nail bed with a band-aid. Keep the bandage on for 7-10 days to protect the tender nail bed.
  3.  If your toenail is painful, consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  4. Elevate your foot to reduce swelling and soak your foot in cold water for 20 minutes daily.
  5. Consult your podiatrist if you experience increased pain, swelling, redness or discharge.

When Will My Toenail Grow Back?

Toenail regrowth can take from a few weeks to a few months. In the meantime, it’s important to care for your toenail and nail bed by ensuring proper hygiene, cleansing, and disinfecting the area, and wearing comfortable shoes.

When in doubt, consult your physician if you have concerns about nail regrowth or healing the area of the missing toenail. Your podiatrist will be able to help provide expertise to your unique case and prevent complications in your recovery.


If your toenail fell off and you are experiencing pain, complications, or another foot condition and want to be evaluated by one of our physicians at Triad Foot & Ankle Center, please call 336-375-6990, or click here to schedule your appointment online. 



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