Split toenail-cut it off or what?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2010
Split toenail-cut it off or what?
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 11:49am

I am so mad at myself. I ran outside to get something out of my car yesterday and I didn't wear shoes. I slipped on my way back in the house and rammed my big toe into the door. My toenail is split right down the middle well into the quick and the right side is lifted up. It hurts like crazy. I don't know if I should try to clip the nail off or try to tape or bandage it until it grows a little. Does anyone have experience with this? I can barely get my shoe on! 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Wed, 05-14-2014 - 12:35am

Hi Nancy! All I can say is ouch!

I would not attempt to cut it at this point. Just cover it with a bandaid and let it heal a bit. Keep an eye on it and if it seems to be getting infected or continues to be so painful, you may need to get it checked by a podiatrist or other doctor. It will take awhile for the nail to grow out, but as it does you can cut the broken part. Hope it feels better soon!