Onychocryptosis - most commonly in big toes, is a condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the flesh. Ingrown nails can occur through incorrect cutting techniques, trauma / injury to the nail, ill-fitting shoes (shape and depth of toe box), tight socks, or through the toenail changing shape.
It is often painful where the nail grows into the paronychia or nail bed, or overgrown toe skin, the nail can curl and pierce the skin becomes red swollen tender, possibly a fluid buildup, pus and bleeding. Sometimes these nails only need 1-2 treatments for relief, other ingrown nails need either regular treatment for ongoing relief, nail bracing or a simple surgical procedure under local aesthetic performed in the podiatry chair. The painful nail sections are removed so the painful nail section no longer grows back, known as a partial nail avulsion or total nail avulsion.
Nail Bracing can help ingrown nails, deformed nails, involuted, curved nails, cosmetic correction and an alternative to nail surgery. Its a long-term treatment option which aims to prevent regrowth of the ingrown toenail or decrease formation of the hard, painful areas of skin that can form under the sides of especially the big toenail. Depending on the history and condition of the nail, nail bracing can be very effective conservative treatment instead of nail surgery. Consider it similar to Orthodontic braces but for the feet not teeth!