Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
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.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."