well, in that case it may not be a simple BOOT replacement job. It seems you have remained oblivious to the fact that your CV BOOT had been torn open for quite some time. Hence possibly resulting in damaging the CV joint itself. The little that i know about automobiles is that you must refrain from driving this vehicle in this condition, as it can be a road hazard. You should be mentally ready for the replacement of the cv joint. Thats my opinion, i wish i am proven wrong here.
Lets see what the experts have to say on this.