Hi, I'm a first year Emergency Medicine resident. I wanted to get some advice from a podiatrist. I was playing football the other day when I came to a hard stop and felt the nail of my first toe catch on the inside of my shoe. When I took my shoe off I realized that I had a subungual hematoma (it was painful too). The next day after no relief of pain I did a trephanation and drained off some fluid. I did the same thing the next day. Now I'm about 10 days out and I have this space under my nail. After I take a shower I squeeze a bunch of water out from underneath my toe. I'm just curious what the outlook is for my toe. Should I take the nail off or leave it for protection? I am mainly concerned with infection within the space. Let me know what you think. Thanks.