Current procedures of treatment of ingrown nails are quite outdated and done the same as they were in the past. Usually the treatment involves a small surgery, which results in partial or complete removal of the toenail. The pain that follows the procedure, together with the loss and deformity of the nail bed, and possibly infection of the wound may cause serious complications. At risk patients, such as patients with diabetes, could even end up with limb amputation.
The latest method used by the pedicurists and podiatrists in the world is stretching. The principle of this procedure isto use a special metal strap that sticks on the treated nail, so it would help the affected nail rise. This procedure prevents the toenail from growing into the soft tissue. It is crucial to use this method in the early stages, just when the nail starts growing badly. Stretching is the early intervention that can substantially restrict, or even eliminate the problems caused by an ingrown nail. This procedure can be done even if the inflammation is already in process, but in this case intervention of the physician might be necessary. A physician must prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and inflammation. Stretching is highly effective and painless and should be used as a first choice before the doctor needs to be involved.