Innovative Solution Offers Solution for Unsightly Toenails

A young woman recently told me there are actually “I Hate Feet Groups” on Facebook.

I realize this is hard to believe, but most people have the perfect body image of themselves that begins at their head and extends down to their toes. More than three-quarters of my female patients are embarrassed by unsightly toenails, and my male patients share the same concern. I am constantly receiving apologies from patients who have toenail infections from Onychomycosis (toenail fungus), irregular shaped nails due to trauma, toenails that are malformed (spoon shaped, brittle, splitting or horizontal nails) or nails that are discolored.

These conditions not only present physical problems but often cause psychological problems as well. As summer approaches, many people will avoid wearing open-toe shoes, sandals and flip-flops. 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 infected or unsightly toenails.

The good news is that podiatrists now have the ability to create attractive nails for women and men. Podiatry Today recognized the KeryFlex Nail Restoration System as one of the top 10 innovations in podiatry. This system is used to repair toenails damaged by fungus, injuries and malformations.

The KeryFlex system restores damaged toenails to their natural appearance. It is recognized as an immediate cosmetic improvement to compliment laser fungal treatments. It looks and feels natural and is available in a number of hues to match the color of the nail bed. The

KeryFlex nail is durable and unaffected by acetone, nail polishes or detergents. Also, it does not stick or irritate the skin. Treatments can be given on a regular basis, just like getting a pedicure. When used in conjunction with toenail fungus treatments, the time interval between treatments is six to 10 weeks. KeryFlex applications are stopped when the new nails clear.

The KeryFlex nail restoration system uses polymer resins and special activators that bond to the damaged portion of the toenail to create a durable, yet flexible nail when exposed to a certain frequency of ultraviolet light. It is designed to flex with the movement of the toes and reduces further trauma to the nail bed.

It is a non-porous material and does not allow moisture to permeate or get in between the nail and prosthetic nail. The KeryFlex material also has an anti-fungal agent to retard the growth of fungal infections.

The procedure is fairly simple and takes about 15 to 25 minutes. Treatment is offered to both women and men, and clients are thrilled because they can instantly have healthy looking nails. They’re able to resume normal activities, get a pedicure or apply nail polish.

Treatment is a real confidence booster.

KeryFlex is exclusively available to podiatrists. Treatment is done by a podiatrist and trained technician in a sanitary medical setting to prohibit cross contamination. All instruments are sterilized in a medical ultraclave. Also, nail application materials are exclusively used by only one client.

Consult with your podiatrist to see if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

KeryFlex is not ideal for clients who have in-grown toenails, symptomatic peripheral vascular disease or diabetic neuropathy, arterial insufficiency or suspicious pigmented lesions on their natural nail.

The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois/Illinois Laser Center is the first podiatry clinic in Springfield and Decatur to offer KeryFlex treatments. To learn more about this new innovation, visit or call Dr. John Sigle at (217) 670-2160 to schedule an appointment.