Treatment of ingrown toenails with the 3TO brace

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Fields of application

The 3TO brace provides successful treatment of light and severe cases of ingrown and involuted nails. Even if the surrounding tissue is inflamed, 3TO braces can be used to promote natural nail growth. This treatment is administered by specially trained 3TO therapists (chiropodists, podologists, physicians).

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Functionality

Small hooks are formed at both ends of the wire brace and then hooked under the nail rims. By twisting the centre loop, the nail rims are slightly lifted and pressure is relieved from the surrounding tissue. Natural nail growth is promoted, returning the nail to its normal shape.

 

 

 

 

Course of treatment

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Step 1

At the beginning, both ends of the partially prefabricated spring steel wire are adapted to the individual shape of the nail. They are then bent into tiny hooks.

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Step 2

The hooks are fastened under the nail rim. This process is hardly noticeable for the patient since the wire brace is not pushed onto the nail but gently hooked under the nail rim.

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Step 3

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 edges of the nail are slightly lifted, allowing the nail to return to its normal and straight growth.

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Step 4

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.

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Following the examination and diagnosis of the nail problem, a brace can be fitted in most cases of ingrown or involuted toenails.

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

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

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