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Losing a toe nail

By Anonymous August 27, 2014 - 8:53am
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My horse stepped on my big toe, the only part still hanging on is the outside edge. The toe nail was pushed up from the cuticle area. Not sure if I should just keep soaking it in epsom salt water and neosporin or if I should have it removed.

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Hi Anon,

I am glad that you didn't have any pain when it fell off!

Most likely it will grow back normally. 


October 20, 2014 - 1:09pm

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! I absolutely love horses, but ouch!! That must really hurt! While it sounds painful, it's not super serious. However, you want to make sure to fight off any infection that could come your way due to it being an open wound. If an infection occurs, you could be dealing with a much bigger issue. The Epsom Salt is great-but I would have a doctor check it out. 

If your doctor chooses to remove it, you are looking at around 18 months for it to grow back. Tending to horses is a full time job and I am thinking that since you will be in boots and your feet sweating, there's a chance for infection as you can't baby it say if you were sitting at a desk all day off your feet in open toed sandals. 

Anon, I'd have it checked out...but that's not to say you have to remove it. See what your doc thinks!

Does this help? Let me know what you end up doing.



August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm
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Anonymous (reply to kristincaliendo)

The skin holding the toe nail finally died and the toe nail came off with no pain. Thank goodness!
The area where the toe nail was is a rough type area and after a month or so I can now see that the new toe nail is growing. Someone had mentioned that when there toe nail grew back that it did not grow back flat but with a ridge going across it and the nail had to be removed and then wait for it to grow back.
I do try to run an emery board across the rough part, very gently of course.
Do you feel that there is a chance this new nail could grow back without any problems?
Also, the portion where the nail was has what seems to be deep bruising. Not sure if it looks like it will go away as there has been no changes since the accident.
Just curious if the chances are that the nail can possibly grow back normal.

October 15, 2014 - 4:17pm
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