Onyfix – The Best Treatment for Ingrown Toenails
There is nothing more agonizing than painful feet. This is true when it comes down to toenails.
When toenails curve as they grow out, the toenail causes the adjacent skin to thicken and causes discomfort. Or when an ingrown toenail tears into the adjoining skin, it causes swelling. Either condition affects your feet’s health and wellbeing. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers of Illinois, we offer a less invasive method of treating your ingrown or involuted toenails.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, you may qualify for our Onyfix nail correction system performed exclusively at the Joliet location.
What is Onyfix?
Rather than removing an ingrown toenail, the Onyfix nail correction system takes an ingrown toenail and reshapes it to its normal growth without pain. To do so, we first prepare the nail by removing dead, damaged or infected tissue from the nail and cleaning it. After the nail is prepared, we spread the Onyfix compound and shape the nail with it. The Onyfix nail correction system affixes to the nail, so as the nail grows out, the band keeps the shape of the nail naturally without any pain or tension. To receive optimal results, you may need to apply the treatment more than once.
Does Onyfix Work on All Nails?
For most patients, the Onyfix nail correction system band works well. The application will adhere to the nail so you can resume and physical activity. The Onyfix band allows you to have a productive lifestyle. For example, if you suffer from diabetes, Onyfix works well because it’s not invasive. Since there is no need to break the skin, the risk of infection or complications is low.
However, there may be some patients with medical conditions that prohibit them from using Onyfix. Our medical experts will discuss your medical records with you and let you know if Onyfix is the best treatment for you.
Other Available Treatment Options
A nail avulsion is a procedure that is performed in the office. The affected toe will be numbed and a small sliver of the affected border will be removed. The nail is removed from the far tip of the toe to the matrix, which is where the nail grows. After the procedure, the toe will be wrapped up. You can even shower and get that toe wet later that night. With this procedure, the nail will grow back.
Chemical matrixectomy is a procedure that is similar to nail avulsion, as it is also performed in the office. The only difference is that a chemical called phenol is applied to the nail matrix. This chemical creates a burn that is similar to a third degree burn. The goal of this procedure is to prevent the nail from growing back.
Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois, we offer laser ablation in office. There is no need to go to the operating room for it. This procedure involves surgically removing the nail matrix of the involved border and then using a laser to destroy the nail matrix of the offending border. Similar to chemical matrixectomy, the nail will not grow back.