A simple method to treat an ingrowing toenail with a shape-memory alloy device

Masaya Ishibashi, Nobuko Tabata, Takaki Suetake, Toshihiro Omori, Yuji Sutou, Ryosuke Kainuma, Kiyoshi Yamauchi, Kiyohito Ishida

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Abstract

An ingrowing toenail has no definitive treatment. Previously, effective methods were complicated but easy ones had less effect. We show both an easy and an effective way with Cu-Al-Mn-based shape-memory alloys (SMAs). They have a characteristic shape which patients themselves can detach easily without any pain. But they also have enough corrective force. Cu-based SMAs cost much less than Ni-Ti-based alloys. Despite not being appropriate for all cases of ingrowing toenails, it is an easy, effective and less costly alternative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-292
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Dermatological Treatment
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep 10

Keywords

  • Cu-Al-Mn
  • Ingrowing toenail
  • Shape-memory alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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