More than 2.5%* of the population suffer from ingrown toenails, due to wrong nail trimming or tight shoes. Fingernails can also be affected. Patients concerned either consult their GP or seek help from podiatrists. The unguis incarnatus is often treated with the Emmert operation, a common surgical intervention aimed at destroying the nail matrix. This operation is very painful and has significant consequences for the everyday life of the patient. The relapse rate is high.
Corrective nail braces are a proven alternative. They relieve pain quickly and enable lasting therapy success. The patient wears the nail braces, which are regularly replaced or adjusted, attached to the nail for a period lasting a couple of weeks up to several months.
* Source: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/i/ingrown_nails/intro.htm