Ingrown toenails, medically known as onychocrytosis, is a common condition that impacts people of all ages. The edges or corners of the nail grow into the skin, making the area tender, sore, and often cause redness and bleeding. This allows for the entry of bacteria into the area which can cause an infection in the toe. 

The pain can begin as moderate and progress to severe if the affected toenail becomes infected. The pain can develop so severely that simple tasks such as walking can become painful and limit your ability wear enclosed shoe and participate in sporting activity. 

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There are multiple possible causes for ingrown toenails. 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. 

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.

Ingrown toenail bracing before and after


Partial matrix excision and orthonyxia are equally effective treatments for ingrown toenails but the orthonyxia procedure shows better results, with less postoperative morbidity, shorter time to complete recovery, fewer postoperative symptoms, and greater patient satisfaction.

If the ingrown toenail is minor, a simple regulation procedure may be sufficient. Nail bracing for ingrown toenails is a safe, simple and inexpensive treatment option that avoids surgery. This requires no anesthetic and has no recovery period allowing wearing the existing shoes. This procedure also relieves pain and allows the practice of daily activities.

Our professional care specialist will advice you on the type of nail bracing depending on the outcome after initial consultation. Orthonyxia eliminates ingrown toenail pain by correcting the curve of the toenail. 

ingrown toenail bracing

In general the adequate brace following a standard procedure will be carefully placed on the top of the prepped nail which will prevent the nail becoming ingrown in the future. The brace is also suitable for cosmetic correction of misshaped nails. 


Depending on the conditions, the brace remains on the nail for a period of about two-three months and can then be replaced by new braces until the desired therapy effect is achieved. Initial consultations and follow ups are advised in the meantime. For further information or advice consult with our professional foot specialist at the clinic.

Old bracing vs new invisible correction strip.