Originally Posted by slee6956
Marti - I posted this is the foot forum but I specifically wanted your advice - so I thought I'd post here too!
I wore VERY uncomfortable shoes for a long time last weekend, and since then both big toenails have started to go black and blue. However, on the right toe, only about half of it (the right side of the nail) is affected, and on the left toe, only about 25% of the nail's left side is affected. What are the chances that the entire nail will fall off? Its funny, cause the parts that aren't affected are a perfectly healthy color, but I'm not sure if the bruising will grow out or half the nail will pull away from the nail bed. Please help!! Thank you!
If the bruising begins at the lateral nail fold (the side), then only that portion of the damaged nail plate may eventually lift from the nail bed. The nail plate does not 'always' lift from the nail bed - it depends entirely on how much trauma was suffered by the nails - in other words, how much pressure was applied by the shoes. If it was enough to make the nail bed 'bleed', then it may cause that portion to separate. If it does separate, DO NOT go digging in the area of separation in an attempt to remove all the discoloration from the blood. You can soak your feet in an epsom salt solution to soften the blood, which will help to 'flush' it from the area. Digging in the area of lift can cause even more trauma. The nail will grow back in attached to the nail bed, and the damaged portion will grow forward where you can file it away.
If it does separate, keep the nails short and a little more rounded on that portion of nail until they grow back in 'normal'.
NEVER wear shoes that hurt your feet - no matter how pretty they are! Those are the only feet you have, and believe me - wearing too tight shoes or standing on your feet all day can cause painful neuromas between your toes adn then you will have to have surgery! It's just not worth it.
I often wonder if the people who design that type of shoe actually wear them!!!!