If you’ve got ingrown toenails but are put off taking action because of the idea of a minor surgery to correct it, you don’t want to risk your toenail forever looking odd, or you’ve been deemed unsuitable for the surgery like a number of our patients, today we’re excited to be sharing the BS Brace treatment for ingrown, pinched and involuted toenails with you.
If you’re short on time, what you need to know that this is a translucent (read: barely noticeable) brace that is applied painlessly to the top of the problematic nail by podiatrists that have undergone training in using this device – which we’re proud to be. It both gives you relief from your painful symptoms, and works to change the shape of your toenail from one that is pinched or angles down into the side of your toe, to one that is flatter. There is no bleeding, no surgery, no recovery downtime and no risk of infection from the brace itself.
Ingrown toenail surgery, in the form of a partial nail avulsion, has been a staple of most podiatry clinics, including ours, for quite some time. Previously, it was the only permanent solution for recurring ingrown toenails which worked by surgically removing a small portion at the end of the nail, where the painful in-growing nail spicule would be. Next, a chemical would be applied to this area to destroy the nail growing cells to stop their regrowth. From here, the nail is dressed, and it’s time to let it heal – which can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks.
While effective, this procedure wasn’t suitable for a number of our patients, particularly those that have difficulties with healing or have a higher risk of infection – like those with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory problems, those on certain medications like warfarin, pregnant women that don’t want to risk infection, those that are worried about the resulting cosmetic appearance of their toenail after the procedure, and more.
This is exactly why when we first learnt about the BS Brace and the results that it was delivering worldwide, we knew we needed to be able to offer it to our patients. It has now been over two years since we first introduced this system, and since then it’s helped hundreds of our patients get permanent relief from their painful ingrown toenails without the need for surgery.
The brace itself is made from fibreglass in Germany, first designed over 30 years ago. It works using a spring tension system, using the principles of pressure and counter-pressure. The brace itself is carefully mounted onto your toenail by our team using a magnetic applicator, careful measurements and a sealant so that it stays firmly in place. It gets to work straight away and progressively draws in to slowly lift the nail ends out from deep beneath the skin where you can’t see, and into a flatter, healthier nail shape that isn’t prone to growing into the skin.
The straightening process happens so seamlessly that you barely notice it – which is why we recommend taking photos – but what you do notice is that final relief from painful pressure, which starts from approximately 30 minutes after the application of the brace. Throughout the process, your nail keeps growing as normal – except now, instead of growing down into the sides and piercing the skin, it grows out flat and retains that shape.
The tension that lifts the sides of the nails will work for approximately four weeks, after which time the brace can be re-applied until the desired level of ‘straightening’ is achieved.
True – but not this one. What you’ve heard about is the wire braces that are inserted beneath the toenail, rather painfully, hooking around the nail plate, and causing more pain than relief initially. Thankfully, we have long outlived these days – or at least we hope the profession has!
Yes! Safety is one of the brilliant features of this treatment, and it’s regarded highly worldwide. To better explain, one of the reasons that surgeries and other invasive treatments are not suitable for those with diabetes or circulatory problems is because your ability to heal wounds effectively and prevent or fight off infection is compromised by problems with blood flow (diabetes also damages the blood vessels causing circulation problems). This makes you vulnerable to complications throughout your recovery and puts your health at risk. There is nothing invasive about the BS brace and it doesn’t penetrate the skin, meaning you don’t have those concerns.
And that’s precisely why we have this system in our clinic – for simple, hassle-free pain and problem relief without the scalpels, risk or side effects. If you’re unsure which ingrown toenail treatment is best for you, you’re welcome to come in and chat to our podiatrists, who will discuss all your options and assess your suitability and results with each.
Book your appointment online here or call us on 1300-FX-FEET