Re: Toe Nail Ripped Backwards But still attached.
Soak it in cold water twice a day to help alleviate the pain - a few Advil will help as well. Keep it dry by applying peroxide. This will help clean the infection and will keep th eopen wound dry. DO NOT run or wear shoes that allow downward pressure on the nail plate. It is better if you use the peroxide to prevent or cure infection than to use antibacterial ointment. Using an ointment or cream will keep the wound 'wet' and will not alow it to heal properly.
Since the nail plate was ripped off the nail bed, it would have taken the surface of the nail bed with it. When this happens, the 'rails' on the surface of the nail bed that allow the nail plate to be attached were ripped off. This means that there are no more rails for the nail plate to grow forward on. As your nail grows back in from under the cuticle, it will not reattach to the nail bed, so you will have to always keep this nail very short.