Toenail Lifted But Still Attached - What Should I Do?

Most common causes of lifted toenails

Fungal Infections: Often lead to nail thickening and lifting. – Trauma: Injury to the toe can cause the nail to separate. – Ill-fitting Shoes: Constant pressure can lift the nail from the nail bed. – Psoriasis: A skin condition that can affect nails and cause lifting. – Repetitive Activities: Such as running, can cause mechanical stress on toenails.

Symptoms of a Lifted Toenail

Symptoms include nail discoloration (often yellow or white), pain, swelling around the nail, a noticeable gap under the nail, and possible foul odor if infected.

Toenail Lifted But Still Attached - What Should I Do?

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Keep the nails clean and dry: Wash your feet regularly and make sure to dry it thoroughly. Avoid soaking your foot in water, as this can make the problem worse.

Protect the nail: Wear shoes that have enough room in the toe box to prevent pressure on your toenail. You can also use a bandage or tape to protect the nail.

Relieve pressure: If your lifted toenail is causing discomfort, you can try placing a small piece of cotton under the nail to lift it slightly and relieve pressure.

Soak your feet: Soaking your feet in warm water may help prevent infection and promote healing.

Avoid Tight Socks: Choose loose-fitting socks to reduce pressure on the toenail.

Apply Antifungal/Antiseptic: If infection is suspected, use over-the-counter treatments.

Avoid Nail Polish: Let the nail breathe; avoid polish that could trap moisture and worsen the issue.

Monitor for Changes: Keep an eye on the nail for any signs of worsening or spreading infection.

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