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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is NailEase effective?
  2. Is the NailEase brace painful to apply and wear?
  3. Is NailEase a permanent cure for ingrown nails?
  4. Will it interfere with any of my activities?
  5. Will I have to wear special shoes?
  6. Will other people notice my nail brace?
  7. Does the brace require special care?
  8. Are there advantages to using the brace rather than having surgery?
  9. Will I have to apply another brace to my nail in the future?
  10. If necessary, is it hard to remove a brace from a toenail?
  11. Can anyone use NailEase?
  12. How many toes does one NailEase kit treat?
  13. What if I don't like NailEase, or it doesn't work for me?
  14. Is there any way to avoid ingrown toenails in the future?
  15. How can I get a NailEase brace for my ingrown toenail?

 

1. Is NailEase effective?
For about nine out of ten people with ingrown toenails, NailEase is an effective treatment for a painful problem. In fact, immediately after application, your ingrown toenail will start to feel  better. Within 12 hours, pain and discomfort should be eliminated. (See Clinical Trial press release.) Relief continues while the brace is worn, and for some time afterward. Because a NailEase brace works to lift and spread the outer edges of the toenail, the nail will often "grow out" of its ingrown state permanently. Results vary, of course, but clinical tests have proven NailEase to be an effective non-surgical treatment for ingrown toenails.

2. Is a NailEase brace painful to apply and wear?
NailEase is a painless treatment for ingrown toenails. No surgery or painful medical procedures are involved. However, during application, the NailEase brace must be lightly pressed onto the toenail for a few seconds while the special glue dries. Although this requires only slight pressure, it may cause discomfort while the pressure is being applied if your toenail is inflamed and highly sensitive. There may also be some slight discomfort immediately after the brace is applied if the brace lifts one or both outer edges of the toenail up too strongly. This discomfort is rare, but can be quickly alleviated by reducing the brace's tension, which is accomplished by thinning the brace with the emery board supplied in the kit.

3. Is NailEase a permanent cure for ingrown nails?
If the ingrown toenail is the result of improper trimming, shoes that don't fit, or a trauma that obstructs the nail channel, NailEase can often completely eliminate a long-term problem. In other cases, NailEase can provide an effective alternative treatment that offers many benefits.

4. Will it interfere with any of my activities?
No. The NailEase brace is so thin and unobtrusive, it will neither restrict nor interfere with any of your activities whatsoever. You'll probably forget it's there!

5. Will I have to wear special shoes?
Certainly not. People using NailEase braces can wear any type of footwear they would normally wear, including the full range of sports shoes.

6. Will other people notice my NailEase brace?
With open-toe footwear (or no footwear at all) the black brace can be seen. However, it can be covered with nail polish so that the only indication of its presence is its thin raised surface. Unless someone is looking directly at your toenail, he or she would not likely notice your NailEase brace.

7. Does the brace require special care?
Only during the first 24 hours. Although you can put shoes and socks on, and resume your normal activities within a few minutes of applying a NailEase brace, it takes 24 hours for the adhesive to completely cure, so we recommend that you keep your toenail dry during that time to ensure a proper bond. An optional recommendation we make is to apply a nail hardener or polish over the brace after the 24-hour curing period to help seal out moisture and further protect the brace. This is not necessary, but can prolong its life.

8. Are there advantages to using the brace rather than having surgery?
Yes. Several. Surgery is a much more involved procedure than the simple application of a NailEase brace. With NailEase, you won't have to wear special shoes afterwards, and there is no surgery-related pain or infection. You can generally resume all of your normal activities right after applying the brace.

9. Will I have to apply another brace to my toenail in the future?
That depends. In some cases, new braces should be reapplied at intervals of two, six, or 12 months, or whenever discomfort is felt. Eventually braces either grow out with the nail and are trimmed off, or become separated from the nail and fall off. (Bonding time varies widely between three weeks and three months.) If continued NailEase treatment is needed, simply apply the new brace in the same way you applied the first one.

10.  If necessary, is it hard to remove a brace from a toenail?
Not at all. If for any reason you should want to remove a NailEase brace before it grows out with your nail, just file it off, or remove it with an adhesive softener or nail polish remover.

11.  Can anyone use NailEase?
Almost everyone with an ingrown or pressure sensitive nail can use NailEase.  NailEase comes in both retail and professional versions. Professionals (Podiatrists and licensed Nail Technicians) have several versions of the NailEase brace to choose from. Children under 12 years of age should use a lighter professional kit as their nails are generally much thinner than adults. The same applies if your problem is on a toenail other than the great or "big" toe. You should consult with a podiatrist before applying a NailEase brace if you have a damaged or diseased nail, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, poor circulation, or your toe is grossly infected (oozing puss) or highly inflamed. Click on our listing of retailers or professionals in your area. For best results, apply NailEase at the FIRST sign of discomfort.

12. How many toes does one NailEase kit treat?
A single NailEase kit has enough brace material for a single application or a single toe. During the application procedure, you will trim the brace to fit your toe. The leftover material is not usually enough to treat a second toe. Since the NailEase brace spans from one side of the toenail to the other side, a single brace is usually sufficient to treat a toenail that is ingrown on both sides. If you have a second ingrown toenail you will need to purchase a second kit.

13.  What if I don't like NailEase, or it doesn't work for me?
Your success in using NailEase is completely guaranteed. In fact, here's my 100% Better-Than-Risk-Free-Take-It-To-The-Bank Guarantee: If you are not 100% satisfied, just send me the return guarantee card that came with your NailEase kit, and I'll issue you an immediate, no-hassle refund right on the spot. Your refund will include the cost of your purchase plus the cost of first-class shipping and handling.

14.  Is there any way to avoid ingrown toenails in the future?
While some ingrown toenails are caused by injuries or heredity, the majority are the result of poorly fitted footwear, improperly trimmed toenails, and the man-made materials in socks and shoes. Therefore, ingrown toenails can be avoided in most cases by wearing shoes that fit well, by trimming toenails straight across, and, if these measures are not enough, by wearing socks and shoes made of natural materials and fibers.

15.  How can I get a NailEase brace for my ingrown toenail?
Place an online order directly with Haelan Medical, or check out the NailEase retailers and/or professionals in your area.

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