"Onyfix" is a Health Canada “Medical Device, Class 1” designed to correct painful ingrown toenails. The device is a band or plate of methylacrylate resin that gradually lifts curved nails into correct alignment without pain or surgery. Onyfix remains on the nail until the nail passes through an entire growth cycle, from root to tip (from about 9 months to 2 years as treatment length). It will be regularly monitored monthly to bimonthly, whereby a few more bands of Onyfix may be added depending on the nail’s response.
Treatment Protocol: If there is any current bacterial soft tissue infection, it will be addressed before the Onyfix application. Onyfix may be applied to a fungal nail of 50% or less infected.
Application: Preparation of the nail by cleaning and roughening of the nails and then the Onyfix primer is applied. Onyfix is applied on the spot. There are two forms of Onyfix resin: hard and soft. Hard Onyfix form is applied as a full band, sized 2mm high by 2mm long by width of nail transversely, and is placed just distally to the cuticle. This is a full band and is noted as a “full composite”. Hard Onyfix may be used for immediate pain relief at the distal corner of an ingrown nail, as a half band or “half composite”. Soft Onyfix is applied to small nails, over of the entire nail plate, and is a “full composite”.
Visits: First visit involves the initial application of Onyfix (hard or soft). Then a nail trimming visit is recommended every 4 to 8 weeks. Thereafter, return visits will be 8 to 12 weeks onwards.
Patient Requirements: After its application, the treated nail must be kept dry for 24 hours. Afterwards, regular bathing is allowed. Avoid squeezing of the nail sideways, wearing tight footwear, like cleats, skates, and pointy toe shoes. If it comes off or pain occurs, the patient is asked to return as soon as possible. Patients should not tamper with or remove the Onyfix device or trim the nail by themselves.
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Photos of top and front views of Onyfix medical device.