Ingrown nail (Onychocrptosis, from Greek onyx nail and kryptos hidden) is a common and painful form of nail disease. It is mostly commonly seen in teenagers and young adults, however, it can occur at virtually any ages. The common symptoms are discomfort and pain in the affected nail. The great toe is the most commonly involved digit. If this condition is not treated properly, it can develop an infection, cause difficulty in walking and potentially compromise the quality of life of the affected individual.
Here we would like to introduce an anchor taping method that was devised by Dr. Hiroko Arai in Japan. Dr. Arai is one of the world-renowned nail specialists who has been advocating this simple, conservative but effective nail taping method. It is our hope that this simple but powerful technique can help our patients with this debilitating condition,.
You can easily purchase taping materials at the local drug store or online shop. The following is what you will need for taping.
1. Elastic gauze tape (Elastikon)
2. Paper surgical tape for fixation
Taping is an easy and effective treatment method that will alleviate pain and relieve inflammation and granulation tissue, and the method is to be taught to patients.
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