January 2024

Blog 27 – KeryFlex: A Better Alternative To Acrylic & Fake Toenails

If you’re familiar with acrylic nails, then you have likely admired their shiny finish, however you have perhaps also experienced the discomfort they can occasionally bring.  Using acrylic nails can have both an up and downside to them.

At Bellevue Podiatry, we believe KeryFlex is a compelling, and arguably more complete, alternative.  This innovative nail restoration solution sidesteps many of the issues common with acrylic nails, offering a natural, flexible finish that adapts to the movement of your feet, ensuring both comfort and robustness. 

KeryFlex is more than just a cosmetic upgrade; it focuses your comfort and health.  However, we need to call out that it is not for everyone as certain factors like medical conditions and pregnancy should be considered. 

Furthermore, it’s crucial to note that although KeryFlex can “beautify” unsightly nails, it doesn’t address underlying health issues such as nails that are carrying a fungal infection

Interested to know more?  Then let’s delve deeper into the various aspects of KeryFlex and find out why it could be exactly the nail solution you’ve been seeking for your damaged or unsightly nails, particularly if you are considering acrylic nails as an option.

Understanding Acrylic & Fake Toe Nails Shortcomings

Acrylic nails, while popular, have numerous disadvantages that might deter some individuals from choosing them. 

One of the main issues is their artificial look, which is caused by their thickness and inflexibility.  These nails are susceptible to chipping, detaching, and breaking, necessitating frequent repairs.  This not only adds to the list of cons, but also presents an ongoing maintenance challenge. 

Cleanliness can also be an issue as these nails raise the chances of infections.  Allergic reactions to the chemicals in acrylic nails can also pose a potential hazard. 

It’s crucial to consider these points before settling on your choice of cosmetic toenail solution. 

Introduction to KeryFlex System for All Toe Nail Damage

One important thing to note about the KeryFlex system is that it provides a solution that closely mirrors the appearance of natural nails for those suffering from nail damage. 

Its key benefits include prolonged durability, enhanced resistance to water, bacteria, and fungal infections, making it a great cosmetic toenail solution choice. 

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The application process of KeryFlex is uncomplicated and can be accomplished in just one podiatry appointment, resulting in a cosmetic upgrade that very much resembles a natural toenail.  The KeryFlex solution must be applied by a trained Podiatry professional – you are not able to apply KeryFlex yourself.

When you weigh KeryFlex against traditional nail polish, the differences in durability and aesthetic appeal are significant. 

The advice for maintaining KeryFlex is straightforward – steer clear of direct heat for the first 48 hours after application and then treat them like your actual toenails (play sport, go swimming, whatever you would normally do). 

When it comes to cost, a comparison between KeryFlex and acrylics indicates that KeryFlex is a more economically sound choice given its durability.  As you can see in the above photo, viewing before and after images of KeryFlex treatments highlights the remarkable transformation.

Benefits of KeryFlex Nails over Acrylic & Fake Toenails

KeryFlex nails provides several key advantages in the world of cosmetic nail care.  Importantly, their natural-looking aesthetic very closely mimics that of actual nails.  Their lasting durability and resistance to common problems like water damage, bacteria, and fungus are also notable benefits. 

With KeryFlex, you can expect results that endure, offering improved hygiene thanks to the non-porous nature of the material.  This feature makes the nails resistant to water, bacteria, and fungus.  Furthermore, the system is hypoallergenic, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin or allergies. 

The natural-looking aspect of KeryFlex nails enhances the beauty of your feet, even when they’ve suffered from trauma or damaged nails from fungal infections.

In our opinion, KeryFlex nails provide not just a better alternative to acrylics but also a healthier and more hygienic solution for your nail care needs. 

Ideal Candidates for KeryFlex

You might be contemplating whether you’re the right fit for KeryFlex.  From our experience using KeryFlex at Bellevue Podiatry, we have found the following candidates to get great results.

  • If you’re grappling with mild to moderate issues arising from an old nail fungus infection, or have noticed changes in your nail shape due to an injury, you could be the perfect candidate. 
  • KeryFlex could be the solution you need if you’re struggling with horizontal ridges or discolored nails, as it adeptly accomplishes nail restoration, restoring your nails to their original look. 

However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.  If you’re afflicted with peripheral vascular disease, arterial insufficiency, or peripheral neuropathy, KeryFlex mightn’t be for you.  Always check with a professional before getting KeryFlex.

Likewise, it’s not advised if you have suspicious pigmented spots on your nails or are suffering from in-grown toenails.  KeryFlex is a great cosmetic nail solution for the vast majority of people suffering from damaged or unsightly nails… but not everyone.  Take the time to have your nails reviewed first by a trained professional.

Limitations of the KeryFlex Procedure

Despite the promising nail restoration solutions that KeryFlex provides, it’s essential to understand its limitations and precautions.  As mentioned, this procedure isn’t suitable for everyone, particularly those with certain medical conditions.  The potential risks can be significant for individuals with: 

  • Conditions like peripheral vascular disease or arterial insufficiency 
  • Peripheral neuropathy 

Also, side effects could occur if you have: 

  • Questionable pigmented lesions on your nail 
  • In-grown toenails 

Additionally, when considering KeryFlex, the cost comparison alone with other options could be a deciding factor.  Remember, KeryFlex is a cosmetic procedure, and it doesn’t treat diseases. 

Similar to other cosmetic enhancements, maintaining it is necessary. Therefore, it’s crucial to evaluate these aspects and seek a medical professional’s advice before choosing KeryFlex.  The team at Bellevue Podiatry are available to answer your questions.

Conclusion

In summary, in our professional opinion, KeryFlex nails stand out as a superior choice compared to traditional acrylics.  They boast flexibility, durability, and are compatible with human tissue, providing an instant aesthetic upgrade. 

Ideal for individuals with damaged toenails, KeryFlex nails move naturally with your movements, ensuring comfort and convenience, allowing you to be active in the same way as if your toenails were your own.

However, it’s important to note that they might not be the perfect fit for everyone and although your nails will look fantastic, KeryFlex does not treat any foot health concerns such as fungal nails.  Always seek professional advice to determine whether KeryFlex is the right option for you. 

Damaged and unsightly toenails are a common issue that is now readily treatable, don’t put up with it any longer.  Call the experienced team at Bellevue Podiatry on (03) 4237 7165 or book online to make an appointment and take the first step towards great looking toenails!

Blog 26 – What is the best treatment for fungal toenails? Most Effective Toenail Fungus Treatments

A common issue of the nails called onychomycosis (i.e., fungal nail infection) starts as a white or yellow spot under your toenails.  This infection may make your nail darker, thicker, and more likely to break as it spreads.  It can spread to affect several nails, and sometimes show up on both feet.

This problem is more than just how fungal nails look.  Nails can become weak and painful, and in the worst cases, they can make it very difficult to stand, walk, or work out.  Going to the beach or wearing open-toed shoes can become impossible. 

People who are older, sweat a lot, walk barefoot in damp public areas, have diabetes, circulatory problems, a weak immune system, a minor skin or nail injury, a damaged nail, or any other infection are more likely to get athlete’s foot – which is typically the infection that gets under your nail to create the fungal nail infection.

With Onychomycosis (i.e. fungal nails) occurng in 10% of the general population (it is more common in older adults; the prevalence is 20% in those older than 60 years and 50% in those older than 70 years), one of the most common questions we get asked at Bellevue Podiatry is “What is the best treatment for fungal toenails?”

There isn’t a one size fits all answer unfortauntely.  The type of fungus and how bad the illness is will determine the treatment.  In some severe cases, antifungal medication may need to be prescribed by a doctor.  In others, home remedies and changes to one’s lifestyle work well.  But fortunately in many cases, we can successfully treat the fungal nail infection in our Podiatry clinic.

In this important blog, we will discuss how people typically get fungal nail infections, what they can do to reduce their chances of infection (and spreading further if they have one), what treatments are available and which is the best treatment for fungal nails based on thier specific situation.

How to Tell If You Have a Fungus Nail Infection
Do you need treatment for fungal nail?

Fungal nail infections happen to a lot of people at some point in their lives, it is a common issue that is treatable.

The sooner professional care is sought, the more likely it will be to resolve once and for all.

Even though these infection don’t threaten someone’s overall health, they can be ugly and hard to treat properly.

Typically, the infection gets worse slowly, which makes changes to the nail that can be seen when not wearing shoes.

The toenail turns different colours, gets thicker, and changes shape.

At first, a fungal nail infection might not show any obvious signs so it is important to keep an eye on your toenail health.

Keep reading for important tips on how to keep your toenails in check and the chances of getting a fungal nail infection low.

Number 3 is the most common fungal nail infection - the good news is it is easy to kill with an over the counter fungicide.... the bad news is it is very hard to get to the fungal infection once it gets under your nail.

Always keep an eye on your toenails for any of the following signs (and don’t delay in getting them professionally reviewed):

  • Changes in the colour of the nail, which could be white, black, yellow, or green.
  • The nail gets thicker and warped, giving it an odd shape or feel and making it hard to trim.
  • Pain or pain, especially when putting pressure on the finger or toe that is hurt.
  • The nails are getting weak or crumbly, and pieces may break off or come off completely

How did I end up with a toenail fungus nail infection??

Typically, when the fungi that cause athlete’s foot spread to the nails, they often cause fungal nail diseases.  That’s right – most fungal nail infections are just athelete’s foot (also known as Tinea) that has gotten under the toenail.

These fungi usually live on your skin without hurting you. They do best where it is warm, dark, and damp, like on your feet.  Especially if you are wearing closed in shoes for long periods, doing lots of physical work where your feet are hot and sweaty all day.  A potential fungal nail infection’s dream conditions.

Some of the things that make getting a fungal nail infection more likely are:

  • Not making sure their feet stay clean and dry
  • Wearing footwear that leads to hot and sweaty feet
  • Walking barefoot in public places like changing rooms, showers, and gyms, where fungal infections can spread quickly
  • Having nails that are broken
  • Having an immunity system that isn’t working as well
  • Having certain health problems, like diabetes, eczema, or peripheral artery disease

It’s important to know that fungal nail diseases can spread. So, if you have the infection, you should take steps to stop it from spreading to other people.  Please don’t hestiate to talk to your doctor or Podiatrist if:

  • You are worried about how a nail that has a fungus growth looks
  • The infection is making things worse, like pain or soreness

How do I stop myself from getting a fungal toenail infection?
What should I do to avoid getting a toenail fungus infection?

No matter if you decide to get treatment or not, you must take certain steps to take care of yourself so that the condition doesn’t get worse or spread to other people.

Do:

  • Always make sure your hands and feet are clean and dry.
  • Choose shoes that fit well and are made of natural materials. 
  • Also, wear clean cotton socks so your feet can “breathe.”
  • Cut your nails short and don’t let other people use your nail clippers or cutters.
  • You should get rid of old shoes that could be infected with fungi.
  • Take care of athlete’s foot right away to keep it from spreading to your toes.
  • It’s important to wash your towels often.
  • If you go to a beauty shop, make sure that all of the tools are completely clean between uses.
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Wearing thongs at the local pool and in public showers helps reduce the chances of getting a fungal nail infection

Don’t:

  • Don’t give other people your clothes and socks.
  • Don’t walk around barefoot in public pools, showers, and dressing rooms (To protect your feet, think about getting shower shoes).

How to Treat a Fungal Nail Infection - what are the main fungal nail treatment options?
A summary of the fungal nail treatment options for fungal nail symptoms

Anti-fungal medication treatments

Let’s start with the non-Podiatrist treatment option first.  In some severe cases, you may be recommended to speak to your GP about anti-fungal oral medications.  These pills do have a high success rate however, they also come with some pretty unpleasant side effects (e.g. temporary loss of taste).

If the treatment works, over a few months you should be able to see a new, healthy nail grow from the base of the old nail.  The part of the nail that is affected will begin to grow out, and you can gradually cut it off.

Antifungal medicines can effectively treat about 60% of fungal nail infections.  It can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months to get the nail to look normal again.

Removing the toe nails due to severe nail fungus

Some people may need to have surgery to get rid of their infected nails if other treatments haven’t worked and the infection is very bad or hurts a lot.  When your nail is cut off during surgery, a new nail will grow back in its place. But the nail might not grow back for a year or more.

Although considered a final option for some people, it does have a high success rate and people typically at this stage of infection do not have any other options left to get rid of their fungal nails.  Keep in mind that the infected nail is considered a “write off” in these cases and it is usually the best thing to do to remove the last remenants of the infected and crumbly nail so clear and healthy nails can grow back.

Laser Therapy Treatment

Laser therapy is another more recent way to treat fungal nail infections that won’t go away.  High-intensity light energy is used in this method to kill the fungus.

Early research suggests that laser treatment might be a good way to treat fungal nail infections.  There isn’t enough proof, though, to recommend it as a normal treatment as the results are too inconsistent (and the complete procedure can cost over $1000).

Due to the high cost and lack of solid evidence confirming the efficacy of fungal nail laser therapy, at Bellevue Podiatry we do not provide this service.  We fully appreciate there are no guarantees with any fungal nail treatment, but would need to see more positive clinicial studies and made available at a lower cost for us to consider it.

Laser Therapy has had limited success in getting rid of fungal nail infections once and for all. More study is required with this form of treatment.

So, in our professional opinion, what is the best treatment for fungal toenails?

People who come to Bellevue Podiatry often are unhappy with standard treatments like pills, laser therapy, and antifungal nail paints because they don’t work well enough to get rid of fungal nail infection.

As discussed, the issue with most fungal nails isn’t killing the infection BUT being able to get at the infection under the nail.  Clearanail solves this problem by using micro-drilling in a cutting-edge technology that makes it possible for a clinically proven antifungal spray to safely and painlessly reach the infection under the nail plate and kill it once and for all.  Clearnail delivers a simple concept (made possible with the latest technology) that works.

It’s different from other treatments because Clearanail is a safe, one-time process that doesn’t require more expensive, repeated treatments.

This new way to treat fungal toes is the first of its kind in Melbourne, and it costs a lot less than other choices like laser therapy.

Before and after photos of clients that have taken the Clearanail treatment

Prepare for the next warm season by acting now so you can go barefoot with confidence!  

Take the first step by calling us today on  (03) 9000 0418  or book online for our fungal nail analysis appointment – on the spot test to confirm your fungal nail infection and professional advice on next steps to clear & healthy nails.  

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