Bruised toenail won’t heal

Hey Emily! Question for you, I bruised the outer edge of both of my big toe toenail about 2.5 years ago hiking with too small of shoes. I drained the blood underneath the nail but ever since the nail has not reattached to the nail bed. I’ve cut it short so it wont snag, I’ve wrapped it with bandaids, I’ve put cuticle oil on it, I’ve taken biotin, I always make sure it’s dry after a shower, I’ve used fungus gel on it. Nothing works, is my toe permanently damaged?? I feel self conscious about my feet and hate taking my shoes off. Help!!

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    Hello and thank you for your question. Often times when there is trauma to a toenail, especially trauma that results in blood under the nail, there are permanent issues in re-attachment. Blood under the nail can injure that adherence between nail and nail bed. This is called an onycholytic nail. In this case there is very little to nothing that can be done to re-attach the nail. You can consider a total nail avulsion to essetially “start over” and see if the nail grows straight or you can look into KeryFlex which helps to guide the nail as it grows out. Simple anti-fungal medications will usually not resolve this issue. I hope this helps!

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