Course of treatment

Following the examination and case-specific diagnosis of the nail problem, a brace can be fitted in most cases of ingrown or involuted toe-nails.

At the beginning, both ends of the partially pre-fabricated spring steel wire are adapted to the individual shape of the nail. They are then bent into tiny hooks which are attached under the nail rim. This process is hardly noticeable for the patient since the wire ends are not pushed onto the nail but gently hooked under the nail rim. The right and left brace ends are then linked with a loop. The tension of the brace is adjusted to suit the patient: the brace must be tight and provide relief, but the patient should not be uncomfortable. When the brace is activated, the nail is slightly lifted, allowing it to return to its normal and straight growth.

After trimming the wire ends, the brace can be sealed with artificial nail fluid. This keeps the brace in place and prevents possible damage (e.g. to tights) caused by protruding wire ends.

Depending on the actual case, the brace may remain on the nail and grow with it. Neither leisure nor professional activities will be affected during the treatment, thus guaranteeing highest comfort to the patient. If required, the brace may have to be repositioned towards the back of the nail and tension may have to be adjusted after a while.

This therapy method is suitable for all age groups and can be used for persons allergic against nickel and for diabetic patients.