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A quantitative method for measuring forces applied by nail braces.
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PMID:  21622636     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Nail bracing is a conservative method used for ingrown nails; however, lack of objective measurements limits its use for various nails. Methods: Double-string nail braces with extra metal springs were applied to 12 patients with 21 chronic, thick, and overcurved ingrown nails. Force was measured with a force gauge meter. Treatment was stopped once patients stood on their tiptoes and walked in shoes pain free without braces. A force gauge meter was also used on a model nail to show the forces applied by various nail braces and to compare their pulling forces. Results: After 6 to 10 months of treatment, all of the patients were pain free; 600 to 1,000 centi Newtons of force were applied to the nails. As the width of the nail increased, so did the force. Conclusions: Braces exert more force on larger nails, which may shorten treatment durations. By measuring forces, it may be possible to standardize force and duration of treatment according to variables such as nail thickness, nail width, angle of ingrown nail, and duration of symptoms.
Fatma G Erdogan
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association     Volume:  101     ISSN:  1930-8264     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Podiatr Med Assoc     Publication Date:    2011 May-Jun
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Created Date:  2011-05-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501423     Medline TA:  J Am Podiatr Med Assoc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  247-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dermatology, Ufuk University, Mevlana Bulv. No:86-88, (Konya Yolu), Ankara, Balgat 06520, Turkey.
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