Nail Bed Injury

The nail bed is under the nail. It can take 2 or more months for an injured fingernail or toenail to regrow. The nail may not grow back normally. Nail bed injuries can involve the bone in your finger or toe. X-rays may be needed.


  • Raise (elevate) the injured part to lessen pain and puffiness (swelling).

  • For an injured toenail, lay with your leg on pillows. Avoid walking or letting your leg dangle. When you walk, wear an open toe shoe.

  • For an injured fingernail, keep your hand above the level of your heart. Use pillows on a table or the arm of your chair while sitting. Use pillows on your bed while sleeping.

  • Use bandages or splints as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your bandage clean and dry. Change your bandage as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • See your doctor as needed.


  • You have more pain, puffiness, redness, warmth, leaking fluid (drainage), or bleeding.

  • An temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C) develops, not controlled by medicine.

  • You have puffiness which spreads from your finger into your hand, or your toe into your foot.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.