Nail bracing is a method of treating ingrown toenails.
A Nail Brace is a fine, tensioned wire that is applied to the surface of the toenail, and then adjusted to gently lift the edges of the nail away from the skin.
This reduces the curvature of the nail and allows the underlying tissues to recover.
You are able to continue with your normal activities and wear your normal footwear. Please advise your Podiatrist if the brace falls off or becomes uncomfortable.
There are very few complications with nail bracing.
A brace cannot be applied to an actively inflamed and infected toenail.
If your toe is inflammed the podiatrist will have to remove the offending portion of nail and you will be required to dress the toe until the inflammation settles before returning to have the brace applied.
Individuals respond differently to nail bracing and it is not possible to predict how long the brace will stay on or how long relief will last.
This is partly because the nail can become re-traumatized and impacted by accident or ill fitting shoes.
Your podiatrist will discuss all the benifits and possible complications at your initial consult.