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Painless Ingrown Toenail Treatment: Onyfix

Ingrown toenails can be a real pain, literally. In addition to pain, symptoms can include swelling, redness and irritation. Ignoring ingrown toenails can sometimes lead to an infection, so it’s important to be proactive and get them treated.

While ingrown toenails can be painful, the treatment doesn’t have to be. There are many ways a chiropodist can safely and effectively treat ingrown toenails (click here to learn more about that). In today’s article, we’re highlighting a brand new painless treatment for ingrown toenails at Feet First Clinic, a highly innovative system called Onyfix. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Onyfix?

Onyfix is a completely pain free way to treat an ingrown toenail, which overwhelmingly occurs on the big toe. It involves a composite material applied by the chiropodist across the nail, which acts like a “nail brace” to correct the nails growth.

The Onyfix nail correction system has following components:

  • Onyfix primer: This is an adhesive agent. It works similar to the way paint primer does, by allowing the composite (the “nail brace”) to adhere to your nail and not fall off after.
  • Composite material: There are two composite materials – hard and soft. The Onyfix Hard is for larger, adult nails and malformations, while the Onyfix Soft is for thin nails and children’s nails. The composite itself is white and has a consistency similar to liquid glue.
  • A LED light to cure the primer and composite

How It Works

Ideally, toenails should grow vertically from the base toward the tip of your toes and retain their shape. Misshapen and ingrown toenails, however, grow outward and into the skin. Onyfix works by acting as a nail brace that redirects nail growth and helps the nail retain its shape during the growth process.

If you have an ingrown toenail that won’t go away, you should first book an appointment with a chiropodist for ingrown toenail treatment. Your foot care expert can then determine when and if they should use Onyfix.

Onyfix is applied in conjunction with a standard ingrown toenail and nail care treatment. This involves filing, smoothing and properly trimming the nail. Once that is completed and the nail is flattened and cleared of all debris, the chiropodist will do the following:

  1. First, the chiropodist will prep the nail by roughening the surface with a ceramic bur (like sanding a surface before priming and painting), and cleaning it with a degreasing agent.
  2. Onyfix primer is then applied with a cotton swab (again, like prepping to paint).
  3. The chiropodist will shine the LED light for 10 seconds to cure the primer to the nail. This helps ensure the composite applied in the next step stays on and works properly.
  4. Once the primer is cured, the chiropodist will apply either the hard or soft composite to the widest point of the nail, creating a white band across the nail. This acts as the “nail brace” (without the wires). The chiropodist may also apply an additional band at the top or corners of the nail.
  5. The LED light is then applied for 30 seconds to cure the composite.

As the composite hardens, it secures the Onyfix to the nail in a fixed position. There is no tension or pain as the product secures itself. Over time, the Onyfix ensures that the toenail grows in a favourable position and retains its proper shape. This treats and prevents further ingrown toenails.

The Onyfix should last for 2-3 months. During that time, your chiropodist will see you for follow-up appointments to assess the nail growth and potentially add additional bands. After 2-3 months they’ll remove the Onyfix and the treatment is complete. The nail will then ideally continue to grow naturally in the correct physiological position.

Benefits of Using Onyfix

Onyfix is a pain-free solution to ingrown toenails. Additionally, it provides the following benefits:

  • It is a non-invasive treatment for recurrent or chronic ingrown toenails.
  • It focuses on natural regrowth and reformation of the nail rather than ingrown toenail removal.
  • It provides results without using invasive force on the toenail. This is particularly beneficial for people with diabetes.
  • It quickly relieves ingrown toenail pain. This is noticeable shortly after the treatment
  • You don’t have to restrict your activities after treatment.

Need Ingrown Toenail Treatment?

At Feet First Clinic, it’s our mission to provide the treatments and services you need to make your feet feel happy and healthy. Give us a call to discuss treatment options available for your ingrown toenail. We’ll give you the treatment, guidance, and expertise to help you say goodbye to ingrown toenails for good!

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Emily

Administrative Assistant

Emily is the newest addition to the Feet First family. She assists with the clinic’s accounting and finances, as well as all the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the clinic running smoothly. In addition to her accounting smarts, she brings sunshine and positivity to everyone at Feet First Clinic.

Erica Halpern

Marketing and Administrative Assistant (She/Her)

Part of our administrative support staff, Erica also works behind the scenes writing and editing content for our website and blog. She loves researching and writing educational content to help patients and anyone dealing with pain. When she’s not busy in the clinic, you’ll find her at her local gym, exploring underground music, hiking with friends, or cheering on her favourite sports teams (Go Jays!). She also loves huskies!

Sophie Rudahigan

Clinic Administrator (She/Her)
Sophie prides herself on providing top-tier customer service. She is here to ensure a smooth visit for all clients. In addition to overseeing the clinic’s administration and day-to-day operations, she maintains the cosmetic appearance of the store. She is the magic behind our elaborate display case designs and also ensures the clinic is stocked with stylish (but still orthopedic!) footwear options for all ages.

Bianca Carter

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Day in and out, Bianca works hard to ensure Feet First Clinic runs smoothly. Customer service is at the top of her list and she treats every customer like family. Bianca has a passion for fitness and is dedicated to helping people take care of their feet and body. There is no problem that she can’t solve and she believes that where there is a will, there’s a way.

Carolina Charles

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If you’ve been to the clinic before, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Carolina! Carolina’s daily goal is going above and beyond to make sure patients are always completely satisfied. Having worked in the podiatry industry for 22 years, Carolina brings a wealth of knowledge pertaining to client service, insurance policies, and procedures.​ She steers the ship to make sure everything runs smoothly on the daily. Carolina is known for spicing up every outfit with her signature costume jewellery.