Sometimes a woman has to buy that pair of naughty, too-cute shoes, even though they're making her feet scream from the minute she puts them on.
But that's not what I did to end up with the sad condition you see in the bottom picture. My nail hurt (after wearing tennis shoes, honest) and I decided to take care of it myself.
Note to self: Don't dig around nail bed with non-sterilized tools. In fact, it's probably not a good idea to dig around the nail much anyway. My toe is on the mend, after professional help. I'm going to be kinder to my tootsies in the future because they have a lot of work to do for me!