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INGROWN TOENAIL CORRECTION

Toenail bracing is a revolutionary treatment developed in the 1980s by the Institute for Orthonyxia in Germany.
It works in a similar way to dental braces, using a device to apply a slight force to the ingrown/deformed toenail to lift it away from inflamed tissues and set it on course to grow in a healthier direction. With bracing we successfully treat deformed, involuted or ingrowing toenails.

Ingrown toenail bracing is a painless procedure that requires no anesthetic, no recovery period, and eliminates the risk of infection. It is an immediate relief and the procedure only takes 30-45 minutes.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

The brace gently straightens and lifts each side of the nail, reducing its pressure against the skin. This process ensures that the nail remains in the correct shape as it grows from the base of the nail to the end, thus reshaping the pathway for the new nail growth.

Depending on the severity of the deformation the entire bracing process can take 3-18 months. During this time, the brace needs to be reapplied every 8-12 weeks (depending on the natural growth rate of your nail).  The brace is designed to allow for your natural nail to regrow in the correct position. Upon completion, the brace is removed, and the nail continues to grow naturally. 

WHY MY NAIL IS DEFORMED?

There are multiple possible causes for damaged, deformed or ingrown nails. Most common cause is a trauma to the toenail from sporting activity but poor nail care to the toenails such as incorrectly trimming, cutting or picking the nail can cause the corner of the nails to dig into the skin too. Abnormal nail shapes or excessive external pressure from ill-fitting shoes, like high heels can cause the nail to improperly grow and become ingrown. 

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WHY GO WITH BRACING?

  • requires no anaesthetic

  • requires no recovery period

  • allows you to wear your existing shoes

  • allows you to carry on with your existing activities

  • is safe for children

  • is safe for people with diabetes and perpheral arterial disease and offers immediate relief from pain in many cases

It is important to seek professional assistance if you think you have an ingrown toenail. Incorrect treatment can damage the toenail and cause infections, only worsening pain. Our professional care specialist will advice you on the type of nail bracing depending on the outcome after initial consultation. 

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