Frequently Asked Questions - Nail Bracing for Ingrown Toenails
How long will I need the nail brace on my toe for?
A continuous bracing period of 6-12 months is required in most cases.
Does nail bracing work?
Nail bracing for ingrown or over-curved toenails is very effective when applied correctly and for the right nail condition. However, there are some ingrown toenail conditions where nail suregry would be more effective.
Can I wear shoes as usual with toenail bracing?
Yes. Although, there's an increased chance of the brace coming loose if worn with shoes that are too tight or narrow at the toe box. For example, in pointed stilettoes the bracing may be less effective.
Does nail bracing hurt?
It's painless to apply, but you may experience some discomfort from the tension of the brace after initial application and follow up adjustments. This mild discomfort usually subsides within 24-48 hours.
When can I get back to work or sport?
Immediately. However, bracing is not recommended for those that participate in sports that require kicking or tight fitting boots/shoes.
Can I still paint my toenails?
Yes, you can paint over the brace if desired without affecting the brace.
How long does it take to apply a nail brace?
Allow 45 minutes per toe being braced. Follow up appointments for brace adjustment/replacement may take 15-20 minutes per toe.
Does my private health fund cover toenail bracing costs?
A number of health funds provide rebates for nail bracing - check with your fund if you're covered. We have HICAPS facilities so are able to offer on-the-spot rebates.
Why nail bracing instead of ingrown toenail surgery?
Bracing is a more conservative option that is great for kids or anyone who is anxious about toenail surgery. Bracing is also more suitable for those with some medical conditions such as peripheral vascular disease.
Does Medicare cover nail bracing costs?
If you qualify for an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program arranged by your GP, a portion of the associated costs may be covered by Medicare (up to a maximum of $264.75 per year).