Preventing Nail Trauma: Tips for Keeping Your Feet Safe and Healthy

Nail Trauma Treatment
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At Straits Podiatry, we understand how distressing nail trauma can be. Whether it’s arising from someone stepping on your toe or knocking against the door, it can be very painful and affect your daily activities. In this article, we’ll discuss the causes, symptoms, and nail trauma treatment options to help you understand how to prevent and manage these injuries.

Causes of Nail Trauma:

Nail trauma can result from a variety of causes, including:

  1. Accidents: Stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on your foot.
  2. Sports activities: Sports that involve running or jumping, such as basketball or soccer, especially if your shoes are too tight or don’t fit properly.
  3. Improper footwear: Wearing shoes that are too tight or loose can cause friction and pressure on your toenails, leading to trauma.
  4. Fungal infections: Fungal nail infections can cause the nails to become thicker and curve, making them more susceptible to trauma.

Symptoms of Nail Trauma:

The symptoms of nail trauma depend on the extent of the injury, but common signs include:

  1. Discoloration: A bruise or blood blister under the nail can cause the nail to turn black, blue, or purple.
  2. Pain: Nail trauma can be painful, especially when walking or under pressure
  3. Swelling: Swelling around the nail can occur, making it difficult to wear shoes.
  4. Changes in nail shape: If there is damage to the nail bed, the nail may grow back thicker or develop ridges or bumps. It can also lead to painful ingrown toenail conditions.
  5. Blood blister under the nail: A subungual hematoma can form under the nail, typically as a result of bleeding from the nail bed.

Treatments for Nail Trauma:

Various nail trauma treatment options include:

  1. Rest and Elevation: Resting and elevating the affected foot can reduce swelling and pain.
  2. Ice: Applying ice to the injured area can also help reduce swelling and pain.
  3. Antibiotics: If an infection is present, we may prescribe antibiotics to help clear the infection.
  4. Nail Removal: In severe cases where the nail is severely damaged or infected, a nail avulsion may be necessary.
  5. Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the nail bed or remove damaged tissue.


Nail trauma can be painful and frustrating, but there are many treatment options available to manage these injuries. At Straits Podiatry, we specialize in various nail disorders, including nail trauma treatment, and we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal foot health. If you’re experiencing any toenail problems, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. We are committed to providing high-quality podiatric care to our patients in Singapore.

FAQs about Nail Trauma

How long does it take for nail trauma to heal?

The healing time for nail injuries can vary depending on the severity of the injury. In general, it takes about 3-6 months for a new toenail to grow out completely. If the nail bed is not damaged, the nail should grow back normally. However, if the nail bed is injured, it can take longer for the nail to grow back and may grow back with an irregular shape or texture.

Can nail trauma heal?

Yes, nail trauma can heal. The extent and speed of healing depend on the severity of the trauma. Minor injuries like bruises or small cuts will usually heal on their own without any medical intervention. However, if the injury is more severe and involves the nail bed or surrounding tissue, it may require medical treatment.

Which medicine is best for nail injury?

For minor nail injuries, over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate pain and swelling. Antiseptic ointments like betadine can also be applied to prevent infection. In cases of more severe injuries or infections, prescription antibiotics or antifungal medications may be necessary. Your doctor can determine the best course of nail trauma treatment based on the severity of your injury.

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