Nail Bracing “A Solution for Ingrown Toenails”

  • Application is painless
  • Immediate relief and more within days after initial treatment
  • Perfect for those who suffer from needle phobias -no need to worry!
  • Safe for children, diabetes and pregnancy

What is Nail Bracing?

Nail bracing, is a non-invasive podiatry treatment for the effective and immediate relief of curved or ingrown toenails.

Our custom nail bracing application is easy and painless. It is a great alternative for the following;

  • Those that do not want to have nail surgery
  • Needle Phobias
  • Pregnancy
  • Children
  • Diabetes or high risk

How Does it Work?

A white composite is applied to the nail and cured using an LED light.

Once hardened, the material acts as a nail brace. This brace helps to realign the nail as it grows, similar to braces for teeth. 

This brace exerts a gentle, consistent pressure, gradually guiding the nail towards its ideal shape and position over time. By leveraging the body’s own regenerative capabilities, nail bracing offers a non-invasive and sustainable solution to various nail abnormalities.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

The journey towards healthier, pain-free nails through bracing begins with a consultation with one of our qualified podiatrists. During this initial assessment, the podiatrist will examine the affected nail, assess its condition, and discuss all medical history and concerns. 

Based on this evaluation, the podiatrist will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the severity of the nail condition. 

The nail is then filed and cleaned before applying the brace to the nail. Throughout the treatment process, patients are typically advised on proper nail care practices to optimize the effectiveness of the bracing. 

What Happens After it’s Applied?

Once the custom nail brace  has been applied, you can go back to your regular activities without any changes to your lifestyle.

Usually, a follow up treatment is provided in 6 weeks unless required earlier. Remember that the nail brace remains on the nail until the nail grows out and is adjusted by the podiatrist to achieve a different nail shape.

Regular foot care can still be provided by your podiatrist whilst checking your brace. If the brace needs to be repositioned or redone due to growth this may incur an additional fee that will be discussed with the podiatrist during your consultation.

Conditions Treated With Nail Bracing

Nail bracing offers a versatile solution for a variety of nail conditions, ranging from mild deformities to more complex issues. Some of the common conditions effectively treated with nail bracing include:

  1. Ingrown Toenails: Nail bracing can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with ingrown toenails by gently guiding the nail away from the surrounding skin, allowing it to grow properly.
  2. Curved nails: genetically curved nails or nails that are curving and pinching progressively over time can be treated using our nail bracing solution. 
  3. Trauma-Induced Nail Deformities: Whether resulting from injury or repetitive stress, nail deformities can be effectively addressed through bracing, restoring the nail to its natural shape and function.
  4. Congenital Nail Abnormalities: Certain congenital conditions affecting nail growth can be managed and improved with the consistent application of nail bracing, offering relief and enhanced cosmetic appearance.

Disclaimer: This treatment may not be suitable for all types of involuted nails or nails that have been detached from the nail bed or have a large percentage of fungus present. The podiatrist will discuss this with you prior to proceeding with the bracing solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I shower normally?

Yes, the custom nail brace is completely waterproof.

How long does it take for the pain to improve?

Once the nail brace has been applied, many people experience immediate relief, but most feel a significant reduction in pain after 2-3 days post-treatment and continue to see improvement as their nail grows.

Can I wear nail polish?

It is recommended to use water-based nail polish and acetone-free nail polish. Still, using nail polish remover may weaken the adhesion of the brace.

Please do not apply nail polish prior to having the brace applied as the nail needs to be in its natural state for application.

Is the treatment covered by private health insurance?

Yes, private health insurance can cover the F344 treatment code and you may be eligible for a rebate. 



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