Originally Posted by bsms
Depends. I've lost a half dozen with no ill effect. I also lost the nail on my left big toe, and it never grew back properly. It took years for the nail to reach the end of the toe, and it mostly thickens instead of growing out. I cut it maybe once every few years. Because it grows so slow, it has picked up a fungus that won't quit. I've used prescription medicine and it clears it up...but it comes back a few months later. After 15 years, I'm ready to get the nail removed for good.
Did you get that from running? I got infrowns from riding in steel toes and running with tight calves - big toe would poke upwards! Had both sides of each nail cut out and the nail bed burnt out....was awfully uncomfortable but toes have been great since!!! Except they grow slow and are really ridged, not nice and smooth!