Ingrown Toenail Braces — How A Chiropodist Can Help
Nail bracing for ingrown toenails is a safe, simple, and inexpensive treatment option that avoids surgery, requires no anesthetic, requires no recovery period, allows wearing the existing shoes, offers immediate relief from pain, and allows the practice of daily activities.
Nail braces are medical devices, similar to dental braces which use tension to exert a change in tissues.
Braces can be used for prolonged periods of times. If recurrence occurs, reapplication of bracing is usually required.Chronic curved and ingrown toenails are painful and can greatly affect your enjoyment of life.
There is a wide variance in the severity of ingrown nails, and thus a wide range of treatment options. These range from simple warm salt water soaks, to nail packing, nail removal and in chronic, unstable cases surgical removal of the ingrown nails.
Ingrown toenails are often caused by genetic predispositions. However, ingrown toenails may also develop when the toenail is not trimmed properly or when you wear inappropriate shoes. Ingrown nails are very painful and may get infected.
To avoid unpleasant surgical interventions, chiropodists and podiatrists offer many treatments for deformed or ingrown toenails. Corrective nail braces are medical devices, similar to dental braces which use tension to exert a change in tissues. The application of a custom nail brace takes only a few minutes, and can fully fix problems with your toenails. Within a certain time after the application of nail braces, the treated nail is often completely straightened.
The active adhesive brace we use in the office is an innovative treatment for ingrown or involuted toenails. This treatment is suitable almost for everybody including kids and diabetics. This is an ideal treatment for patients where surgery is not a good alternative, and simply those that wish to avoid surgery. With this simple method, you can often avoid surgical interventions. The results are visible in a short time and are generally completely painless.
The nail adhesive brace immediately adjusts to individual shapes of nails and therefore helps to relieve patients´discomfort in a majority of cases. The application only takes about 10 minutes, and most people experience no discomfort. Another advantage, unlike surgery, is that this treatment does not bring any restrictions on your life. This means no days off work, sports or swimming.
I am a registered chiropodist and foot care specialist and have been helping patients for over 20 years.
Are you uncertain about whether you should choose a chiropodist vs. podiatrist? Chiropodists and podiatrists provide the same care. There are 600 registered chiropodists in Ontario and only 60 podiatrists. The College of Chiropodists of Ontario stopped using the name podiatrist in Ontario in 1993, over 26 years ago — but the name is still used in other provinces in Canada, also USA and UK.
Chiropodists today must complete 7 years of post-secondary education. We do complete case management of foot problems, assessing and treating the entire foot and its complications.
Chiropodist Trina Scarrow, BSc, DCh treating a patient with foot pain — for proper foot functioning and overall well-being.
I provide full biomechanical exams and gait analysis — I will be able to help address your foot discomfort by foot care treatment, custom orthotics and orthopaedic shoes, surgery, medication, laser or physical therapy.
Chiropodists and podiatrists are the only regulated health professions who have the ability to prescribe and provide custom orthotics as defined in the Regulated Health Profession Act of Ontario.
I want to help get your feet functioning better so you can feel better.