xxxQuestions & answers on 3TO braces and ingrown nails

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Question: Where can I get treatment with 3TO braces?

Answer: nail correction using braces may only be administered by trained and experienced medical staff or by qualified 3TO specialists - these are generally chiropodists, podologists and physicians. Click here for an address near you.

Question: Are these braces suitable for everyone?

Answer: 3TO nail braces are generally suited for all cases of ingrown or involuted nails. Special braces are available for infants and small children. The 3TO brace and the podofix active adhesive brace can also be used by persons who are allergic against nickel, as they are also available in nickel-free steel.

Question: Can the corrective nail brace avoid a surgical intervention?

Answer: In most cases, yes. The brace therapy has established itself as an almost painless treatment of ingrown nails, which is of particular benefit to children and diabetic patients. Unlike with surgical interventions, the treatment does not normally affect your daily routine.

Question: Is the treatment painful?

Answer: Inserting or attaching the brace is generally hardly noticeable, however, you may experience pain if the surrounding tissue is inflamed. Anaesthetics will not be required. Most patients feel significant relief of the nail fold immediately after the brace has been activated.

Question: Will I be able to do sports during the treatment?

Answer: The nail brace does not normally affect your daily routine. You can continue sports or water activities as usual. In case of strong inflammation, however, we recommend not to do sports until the toe has healed completely. If you do competitive sports, please discuss this issue with the therapist.

Question: Can I wear the corrective brace in water?

Answer: The brace remains attached to the nail even in water - at the swimming pool, in the sauna or in the bathtub. However, you should not stay longer than 30 consecutive minutes in the water.

Question: How long does the brace have to stay on the nail?

Answer: Depending on the individual case, the brace has to stay between 4 and 12 weeks on the nail, growing forward together with the nail. The nail is repositioned and reactivated until the nail has regained its natural, healthy growth.

Question: How much does the brace treatment cost?

Answer: The costs depend on the difficulty and the duration of the treatment. For the initial inserting of the brace, an amount between EUR 20 and EUR 90 is generally charged, depending on the brace type and the extent of the treatment. Your health insurance provider may partially reimburse the treatment. Please ask your therapist.

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