A young woman recently told me there are actually “I Hate Feet” groups on Facebook. This is hard to believe, but the reality is that most people have the perfect body image of themselves that begins at their head and extends down to their toes. Over 50 percent of my female patients are embarrassed by the way their toenails look and most of my male patients share the same concern. I am constantly receiving apologies from patients with impairments such as onychomycosis (toenail fungus), nail shape changes due to injury, spoon shaped nails, horizontal ridges, brittle and splitting nails, and discolored nails.
These conditions not only present physical problems but there is a psychological overlay. As summer approaches, many people will elect to toss their open-toed shoes, sandals, and flip-flops aside to avoid being noticed. In many cases, some will even stop participating in social and recreational events or hide their feet because they are self-conscious and embarrassed about the way their toenails look. Distress can be quite extreme and their quality of life can diminish. Regardless of age or gender, no one enjoys having ugly toenails.
The good news is that podiatrists now have the ability to create attractive nails for men and women. Podiatry Today recently recognized the KeryFlex nail restoration system as one of the top ten innovations in podiatry. KeryFlex is a new method to repair toenails damaged by fungus, injuries, and deformities. The KeryFlex system restores damaged toenails to their original appearance. In some instances, treatment can be given on a regular basis just like getting a pedicure. When used in conjunction with toenail fungus treatments such as oral therapy or laser treatment, treatment is stopped when the new nail clears.
The KeryFlex nail restoration system uses polymer resins and special activators that bond to damaged toenails to create a durable, yet flexible, natural-looking nail when exposed to a certain frequency of ultraviolet light. The procedure takes around 15 minutes. Most of the damaged nail is removed and a bonding agent is applied to the nail. A resin, which has a gel-like consistency, is applied to the nail bed. Then, a special ultraviolet light is then used to harden the resin. This procedure is repeated to create a natural-looking appearance in place of the damaged nail. The KeryFlex gel is available in three colors: opaque, clear and natural. Patients are thrilled with the results. They are able to resume normal activities, get a pedicure, or apply nail polish.
The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois is the first podiatry clinic in Springfield and Decatur to offer KeryFlex treatments. To learn more about this exciting new innovation, visit myfootandanklecenter.com or call 217-787-2700 to schedule an appointment.