Waiting for toenail to come off

I dropped something on my big toe a few days ago and it has been painful to walk on and the area behind the nail has filled with a purplish color of dried blood. Swelling has caused the nail to be slightly pushed up and seem slightly, but barely, loose. Blood has also filled up in a thin puffy section directly below(not behind) the nail. I assume this has occured because blood and swelling needed somewhere to go but the nail was in the way.

I have read on other posts that the nail might come off and will grow back within a year. Rather than wait for it to fall off, should I go to the Emergency room or to a Podiatrist to have it removed? If so, where should I go? It's easier and quicker to go to the ER, but is it better to go to a private Podiatrist for help or will the people at the ER be just as well trained?

This site is a great resource and I really appreciate the Doctors who use their own free time to answer questions.

Posted By Ross on December 15, 2004 at 20:46:25:

Lined with soft fabric on both sides, this ~2mm thick SiliposŪ proprietary gel pad is an excellent cushion to help relieve the burning sensation and discomfort of the five metatarsal heads of the foot (the ball-of-foot) by protecting the ball of foot from repeated friction and abrasion with the shoes.

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