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Toenail Question I am an avid skier and the big toenails on

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Toenail Question
I am an avid skier and the big toenails on both my feet have become unattached from the nail bed. They have been like this for years. I have 2 questions.
1. Is there any way to reattach the nail to the nail bed?
2. If not, what do you suggest I do? It gathers water etc.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 1 year ago.


Welcome and Thank you for your query posted.

My name is***** and being a Skin, Hair and Nail specialist I would be able to provide you with an appropriate solution to your concern.

Please note that my Goal is to provide you with an Excellent Service .

Before I answer your question I would like to get some more information:

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi Pravin

Thanks for your help. I just got an expensive pedicure to cover it up but I found a picture online taken by another person with a similar condiition of what it looks like! I hope this helps.

Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you very much for the photo sent .

Do you have history of Diabetes ?

Is any other nail involved apart from the big toe nails ?

What Multivitamins do you take ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I don't have a history of diabetes...? I felt it happened because of the pressure from my ski boots. It turned them black...and it was just my two big toes.

Expert:  Dr. Pravin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your reply.

With the history of black toe nails , there definitely looks like you had a pressure hematoma in the great toe nails.

This has caused onycholysis resulting in the detachment of nail.

Intake of Biotin can strengthen the new nail formation and reducing the pressure on the nails by wearing thicker cotton pads on the nails can prevent this from recurrence.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Sorry for the delayed response.

Is there any way to reattach the nail?