Nail braces

Nail braces can be used to correct a nail if it is causing discomfort or pain.
Braces are used in case of:

  •  Early stage of ingrowing toenail(s)
  • A deviating nail shape which causes pain around it

After the nail has been cut and the cuticles have been cleaned, the podotherapist will bend the brace untill it fits unto the nail. Then, it is glued onto the nail. In some cases, the brace will be placed with some pressure on it in order to gradually change the nail's shape.

The nail could continue to hurt for about a day following the placement of the brace. After a day, the pain should have diminuished significantly. The follow-up consult takes place six to eight weeks after the placement of the nail brace. During this consult, the podotherapist will remove the brace from the nail in order to adjust its shape and cut the nail. This treatment will be repeated until the nail has obtained the right shape. This treatment is painfree and wearing the brace will not cause you any inconvenience. After the treatment, the initial problems will usually have dissapeared completely. In some cases however, the nail can start growing inward again with time and treatment will have to be repeated.


An orthesis is a toe-piece or toe-cast. It is used to correct deviations in the positioning of the toes, or to relieve pressure between or on the toes.
Ortheses are made:

  • To correct deviations in the toe's or toes' position
  •  Protect the toes from pressure from the shoes
  • Relieve painful spots from pressure
  • Keep a certain positioning of the toes in place, as would be needed after a toe operation
  • Treat a wedged nerve in (the arches of your) foot.

An orthesis is shaped directly around the toe, making its fit precise and perfect. The orthesis needs to be worn untill the toe has adapted to its proper position. An orthesis, which is designed to redistribute pressure, needs to be worn forever. The patient should get used to the orthesis within two weeks. If pain continues after two weeks, or if the orthesis is uncomfortable or has insufficient effect, please contact your podotherapist.


If a consult leads us to conclude that the patient experiences a lot of pain during his or her daily life, we turn to the use of 'taping' as a temporary therapy while the patient waits for the correctional ortheses to be ready. This therapy is meant to speed up the recovery process and diminish pain.


We now offer the possibility to make slippers and open shoes in many different models and colours with built-in correctional ortheses made personally to your own feet. For more information, contact our branches in Amsterdam or Volendam.

Shoe inserts

Correcting shoe inserts that are inserted into the shoe, also known as foot orthoses, offer a lot of possibilities in the podotherapeutic treatment of physical problems and pains. The inserts are part hand-made, part made by machine, and are personally adapted to your feet by our podotherapists.
Shoe inserts are used in any of the following cases:

  • Abnormality in the feet's positioning
  • Pain and/or fatigue in the feet and legs
  • Problems due to overburdening of the feet
  • Pain in the heels
  • Pain in the arches
  • Pain in the ankles, knees, hips, or back that are caused by a faulty positioning of the feet and/or a bad walking pattern
  • Recurring corn or excess of callouses
  • Specific ankle- or feet related complaints that can be seen with children during certain phases of growth.
  • Specific feet problems for patients of diabetes mellitus or reumathoid arthritis

Your first visit to the podotherapist will consist of a consult. During this consult, the podotherapist will be able to make an assessment of your needs by discussing your complaints with you and by conducting a full examination of your feet. The therapist will look at the mobility of your feet, examine the way you walk, and make a digital print of your feet. Then, the podotherapist will 'design' your shoe inserts on the computer by using a 3-dimensional scan. Thanks to this scan, the podotherapist can create personal, patient-specifically modelled correctional inserts for you with the use of a milling machine.

After your consult:
During the first week, your body will have to get used to walking with your special shoe inserts. Therefor, you may experience some muscle strains or warm feet. After two weeks, all discomfort should have completely dissapeared. However, if for any reason the discomfort remains or if the inserts do not seem to reach the wanted effect, you can contact your podotherapist for a check-up consult.

Once the desired effect is obtained, we advise you to visit us once a year for a check-up consult in order to make sure your situation has properly improved and to check whether the obtained effects stay. During this check-up, we will look at whether your inserts are still up to standard, do not show too much wear-and-tear, and whether there are any other feet-related problems we can help you with.