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Toenail Pain after Injury Treatment

Treatment for a toenail injury depends on the severity of the injury and the presence of injury to the nail bed. General measures include cold compresses, and elevation. Additional treatment for a toenail injury may include a splint, protective shoe, crutches, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Lacerations to the nail bed may require wound cleansing and repair.

Treatment for a toenail injury may include:

Toenail Pain after Injury Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of toenail injury.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Does my toenail need to be removed?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Will I lose my toenail?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for another toenail injury?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Toenail Pain after Injury References
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