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#1 hequestrian

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:32 PM

Okay first I am not going to actually include the pictures in this post but I will add links.

On Thursday when I was putting Houston in his stall he stepped on my foot (total accident and yes I had boots on)...
I yelped, removed my boot thinking I would have a bruise... and quickly realized my toe nail had been damaged we will say.

THIS DESCRIPTION WILL GET GRAPHIC so please don't read if you don't have the stomach for it.

I looked down and realized that something was wrong. It started bleeding and I proceeded to get lightheaded and sweaty. I sat down in the aisle... Luckily there was someone at the barn and she suggested I probably go to the ER (she is a nurse) I said NO WAY JOSE but agreed to call my primary physician and get in asap to see him. She drove me to the DR because I was still flipping out.

Get there and my toe now looks like this... Mr. Doctor tells me I have to go get an X ray...

(this is flipped- it is my right foot)
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Then hobble back to exam room and he tells me he is going to numb my toe because he needs to "clean up" the area... the numbing was by far the worst part of the whole thing. He tells me he is going to have to remove my nail because it has been ripped out from the nail plate (nail ablation) Super unpleasant. I can still feel a lot of what he is doing and all of the pressure. Still feeling super ill at this time. Then he adds the icing on the cake and tells me I have to get a tetanus shot. BOO.

(after procedure and about to go home)
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I have been hobbling around since Thursday afternoon. It has since bruised pretty badly and is quite swollen. I do have a progression of pictures... (please note that they are more graphic and that is why they are links and not posted in the body of this post)

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I am calling my doctor tomorrow because it is itchy and hurts and to check in but my question is...

Have any of you experienced this? How long before you could wear real shoes?

I can't ride or really be around Houston at all because I can only wear sandals at the moment because my toe is constantly wrapped to prevent it from getting dirty/ getting infected. No fun :(

Edited by hequestrian, 29 April 2012 - 10:41 PM.



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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:47 PM

Ouch. I have had it ripped off once,but i was so little that I can't remember how it healed. Sorry.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:03 AM

Ooooowwwwww!!!! When I saw the topic I was like Oh yeah, I've had that happen a few times. After reading it though no I have never experienced it this bad. I hope you start feeling better very quickly. :huggy:

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:09 AM

Why didn't you warn me those pics were graphic!

Oh, wait.. u did!! Lol.. Ouch Ouch and double Ouch! !!

Smile.... it will make people wonder what you are up too. :happy0203:


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:18 AM

Good luck and feel better soon!



I hope you start feeling better very quickly. :huggy:



Why didn't you warn me those pics were graphic!

Oh, wait.. u did!! Lol.. Ouch Ouch and double Ouch! !!



Thanks guys! And yep esk... My over warning is because I know what it is like to open topics with super gross pics without any warning. So I wanted to make sure that people decide to look at their own risk ha.

I can't sleep because even the bandage is too much pressure on it... :/ but I have to keep it covered so it doesn't get dry or infected :/



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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:18 AM

Hey at least your nail polish matches your big toe's nail bed color :rotf: Sorry I noticed that right away.

Never had this happen to me that badly, just throwing out good healing vibes!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:19 AM

1987. Not as bad as yours, Cochise sorta pulled my nail only *partially* off. My big toenail was connected at one side/lower corner and pulled sideways-ish along the cuticle and away from the other side.

I remember pulling all of the laces of a tennie-shoe OUT and still, every time I took a hobbling step and my weight came onto the shoe, it would flex and flatten over the toe area and send shooting, zigging, zagging, hotwire 'shocks' through my toenail. Eventually the nail came off, but by then everything underneath had mostly healed so it wasn't painful. More of a relief to have the nail gone and not catching on my sock/shoe.

Having happened 25yrs ago, I cannot remember how long it took to recover. Whatever my recovery-time was, I am certain yours will be much longer. Sorry. :huggy:

Will your nail grow back or is it gone forever?

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:26 AM

When I was around 13 or 14 I did.

My dad's cutting horse, He's a Flyin Too, hated going over small ditches ( this one was dry but he was a weenie). I got off to lead him thru it and as usual, he crossed it like a big nu-nu...and in his scramble to get up out of the 'valley of death', he stepped on my foot and tore my toenail off.

Didn't know exactly what was injured b/c the boot was still intact and okay. But I felt the rush of warmth and wetness in there and then the throbbing began. I just knew it was bad but everyone naturally goes straight for the broken bones thing..."It's probably broke, cut off her boot!"

I freaked b/c I loved my boots and begged them to just take it off. YEEEEEOOOOWWWCHHHH!!!!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:22 AM

You and red are going to have to make some sort of accident prone people with yucky injuries club. lol. Youch! I see why you only texted me the after pic...lol. Ditto to Heidi; will it grow back? I lost the same toenail last year, but that was after it got banged on a few times and died ON my foot...when it finally fell off, there was already a toenail underneath it. The whole process took almost a year. :sick:

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:51 AM

G-ross (as my SO would say). That does look pretty awful. I haven't ever lost a toenail but Citrus did bite one of my finger nails in half. I had my middle finger in his mouth feeling his cheek to see if his cheek was cut (he had pink slobber after a workout). And when he was trying to get my hand out of his mouth he bit down on my finger. That sucked, but yours looks about a million times worse.

I'm sure once the swelling is gone it will look and feel better. I think a toenail takes 6 months or a year to grow, but it heals way before that.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

Had about the same thing that happened to Heidi, happen to me. Was riding Spiffy and wearing boots (Walmart brand :unsure: ). I had stopped to get something to drink and tied Spiffy to a tree out of the way so she wouldn't get hit or anything. Well, I got back to her and untied when she decided she was gonna step on my right foot (only the toes, why they only step on my toes I never know). I did everything I could to get her to 'step' off my foot, but instead she slid her foot off with almost all her weight on the foot. Talk about agony! Since my feet had been stepped on several times already by then, I was kinda used to the pain so I finished the ride. Got home and removed my boot to find a very red sock, it was white when I put it on. I freaked, of course, and called my mom (an LPN). She said not to worry, wrap it up, and she'd look at it when she got home. The toenail was only taken half way off, so it was still attached on one side. Well, that happened on a weekend and I was to go back OTR with my then fiance. I kept my toe wrapped and wore sandels (not something you are supposed to wear while strapping and tarping loads down on a flatbed trailer, but I did) that next week and that next weekend I bumped my toenail on somthing and it came off. After the toenail came off I just kept a bandaid on it to keep dirt and stuff out of it, but I was able to wear socks part of the time. Another week of OTR, wearing sandels, and that next weekend (2 weeks after the injury) you could see that the nail was beginning to grow back. It took the nail about a month or 2 to grow back completely, but it grew back.

Sorry for the novel, but I'm sure your toenail will grow back. Even though the Dr. removed your nail, they didn't chemically remove it so it should grow back just fine. I know the pain is bad and it looks nasty, but you will survive and your toenail will grow back to where you can paint it again.

P.S. I've had part of my right big toe nail chemically removed due to ingrown toenails and when the toenail grew back the part that was C.R. didn't.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

Yeah I am pretty sure that it will grow back. DR just said that if it was too much trauma to the growth plate it might not but its almost certainly going to grow back. It was umber gross last night. And there seems to be a "filmy" layer over it. I know that I will live and that I am a baby... You guys are way more strong than I am haha. I was a total weenie about it.



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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

If you would've seen me once I took my boot off, you would've laughed at me. I was bawling my eyes out 'cause I thought my toenail would never grow back. Actually, looking back I laugh at myself for what I said and looked like! Lol!
The filmy layer is just your body trying to protect the sensitve nail bed, it should go away once the healing is well on it's way.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:53 PM

oh yeah. when i was younger..early 20's, i was leading a young drafty thing that didnt respect personal space. my left big toe was trampled and the nail never did ever grow back right. a few years ago, i was moving a large steel drumm and it slammed into the toe of my right boot. lost the nail. it grew back better than the left one did, but again..not right.

last summer Swirl stepped on my left foot and dragged her foot back. detached the nail on the toe next to the big one, but only at the bottom. that finally grew back almost right. ive given up on having decent toenails which sucks bc i have several awsome pairs of sandals.


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:53 PM

You guys are way more strong than I am haha. I was a total weenie about it.

Once you're through this, you'll realize that 'weenie' or not ... you ARE a strong woman!


... 'cause as "strong as we were" for having lived through it, I *guarantee* we were weenies, too! :rotf:

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

That happened to me almost eight years ago, and the nail is still a little thick and funny. It is a lot better though, and looks like a real toe nail instead of some weird, yellow, bumpy thing like it used to. It took about two weeks to be able to wear close toed shoes (took that long for swelling to go down) and it is still super sensitive it I bump it or get stepped on. It took a few months to stop hurting in general.

I must note, though, that I didn't let the doctor pull my nail off and clean it up. It probably would have taken less time to heal if I had, but he gave me an option and I was (am haha) a chicken. I remember he saw my toe and immediately asked if x-ray was available. Nothing was broken, luckily, like you. Mom took me to a walk-in clinic cause she came home and found me with my foot in a tub full of cold, bloody water and it still hadn't stopped bleeding. Stupid toe!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

I have lost multiple toenails from getting stepped on over the years. My most recent one was when my green 3 year old smashed my last two toes on my right foot and both turned black. I didn't do anything with the doctor, but they still aren't really healed months later.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:51 PM

hehehe, I was a weenie about mine. Poor Mackenzie (saudimack) kept getting freaked out texts about the progressive state of my toe, and, unfortunately for her, photos of the process... :flirt:

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:48 PM

I lost the nail on my left big toe in 1983. I was riding my bike to work, and was getting ready to make a left-hand turn in the lane with the traffic. A car cut me off, and I put my foot out to the curb to catch myself. I was wearing sandals, and my big toe hit the curb with a lot of force. It happened so fast, that I didn't feel any pain at first. When I got to work, my toe was bleeding really bad, and the nail was hanging by a thread. I know this sounds gross, but I just quickly pulled the nail off, cleaned and bandaged the toe. It took a couple of weeks to heal, and the nail grew back within 6 months. My toe looked like yours does right after it happened. Prayers and hugs for a quick recovery.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:48 PM

hehehe, I was a weenie about mine. Poor Mackenzie (saudimack) kept getting freaked out texts about the progressive state of my toe, and, unfortunately for her, photos of the process... :flirt:


Ha! I was going to send you all sorts of pictures but I didn't want to freak you out! I wanted to share it with someone that gets that it was an accident.

People that don't know horses don't understand that he didn't do this on purpose and that it actually was very much my own fault for not staying farther away. I was turning him around to put him in his stall (I always make sure he is facing the door when I take his halter away to his head is to me and not his butt and he was turning and it was a case of wrong place wrong time. I squealed and he was really confused. But there was no spite or even lack of respecting my space. Just a true accident.

Thanks all for sharing your experiences. :) I am trying not to have too much of a pity party!



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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:59 PM

Ouch! Hope it heals quickly
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:39 PM

Just an update. My toe is doing much much better. I got to ride today for the first time in over 2 weeks (17 days... But who's counting...)

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It is looking so much better. I still don't wear closed toed shoes on a regular full time basis because it is kinda painful. But I can RIDE!!! Yay! :yahoo:



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Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

That does look tons better!!!! Glad you're able to ride. It will be painful for a while yet, but it will heal nicely, judging on how it looks. It probably will be a few months before the nail regrows, if at all. Continued prayers for healing.