Avoid Embarrassment from Fungal Toenails (with KeryFlex!)

by | Jun 26, 2018

There’s no debating this simple fact:

One of the best parts of living on the west side of our state is being able to enjoy the “Third Coast” when summer comes around.

Given the fact we have offices in both Holland and St. Joseph, you can trust that we know a thing or two about the natural appeal of our local beaches!

Part of that appeal is the abundance of options you have when visiting Holland State Park, Silver Beach County Park in St. Joseph, or any of the other numerous destinations on our Lake Michigan coastline.

A day at the beach is perfect for:

  • Spending quality time with your kids.
  • Cooling off with a dip in the Great Lake.
  • Reading a favorite book in the sun.
  • Feeding a competitive nature by playing volleyball with friends.
  • Soaking up the sun’s rays (while wearing the right sunscreen, of course!).

Your enjoyment of time spent at the beach shouldn’t be contingent on not having a case of fungal toenails!

Don’t Let Fungal Toenails Take Away Your Summer Experience!

Toenail fungus can be a real gamechanger. After all, this is a condition that causes your toenails to lose their natural shine and luster. Instead, they become dull, discolored, thickened, crumbly, and ragged. It’s really not a pretty picture and is a source of tremendous embarrassment.

In fact, you will likely take every measure possible to avoid going barefoot if you have a case of fungal toenails. And that means you’ll pass on the opportunity to enjoy our area’s beautiful natural resources!

Even more than “just” skipping out on trips to the beach, you will also probably lose any desire to wear sandals or open-toed shoes.

Perhaps it’s for the best if that means you aren’t spending lots of time wearing flip-flops. Those summer staples are alright for beaches, pool decks, and showering areas, but they shouldn’t be worn on a frequent basis. (Flip-flops do not offer an appropriate level of support to be worn often. Further, keeping them on can potentially strain your toes.)

That being said, you will miss out on being able to actually wear supportive, podiatrist-approved sandals and open-toed shoes without feeling self-conscious about it.

So you probably won’t be wearing fun summer footwear when you stop by Captain Sundae—Holland’s quintessential ice cream shop—for their signature Tommy Turtle sundae (or any of the other numerous options they offer)!

We only get a couple of months of summer here in Michigan, and we don’t want you missing out!

The good news is that Northwood Foot and Ankle Center provides professional treatment for fungal toenails. There are measures we can take to restore your nails back to health…but it takes time for clear, healthy nail tissue to grow in once a fungal infection has been treated.

The actual amount of time will vary from patient to patient, but you should expect at least a couple of months to see results (and that’s in a best case scenario).

Knowing that, it might seem as though you’re out of luck for this summer, but we have a trick up our sleeve that can help – KeryFlex!


What is KeryFlex?

Since it takes time for the body to grow the new nail tissue, we are pleased to offer KeryFlex, which is something that can help in the meantime by providing a natural, healthy look for your toenails.

Put simply, KeryFlex is a polymer resin applied directly to the discolored or damaged nails.

In this process, we carefully sculpt the resin so that it fits your toe(s). It looks natural and covers any damaged or removed areas. At the same time, this treatment allows your new, clear nail tissue to grow underneath.

One of the advantages of this process is that the artificial nails can last up to two months. Of course, this does depend in part on how well you are able to maintain them, and also your specific needs. If there is reason that you would like the application removed earlier, we can easily do that for you.

In addition to durability, your artificial nails will provide protection, you can color them by applying nail polish, and the entire application is quick, safe, and painless.

KeryFlex Application

This simple procedure begins with an examination of your toes to determine which areas need to have treatment. Once we have established which ones are going to be treated, we will move on to debriding any damaged areas. This process is necessary for ensuring that the resin is able to adhere properly and have adequate durability.

The actual application process starts by using a bonding layer that will hold the artificial nail in place on your toe.

After the bonding layer is set, we start brushing a couple of layers of the resin onto your nail plate and then let it cure for a couple of minutes. At that point, we repeat the process as necessary to build up your artificial nail until it has a normal appearance.

Once layering is complete—the nail is shaped properly and sufficiently cured—we create a smooth, natural-looking surface by buffing it, applying the final seal, and then letting it cure for an additional two minutes.

We are pleased to let you know that this is work is done by an experienced medical assistant who has recently completed her cosmetology license. Tori Cowgill has been on our staff for nearly five years, and this new training and skill set gives her the ability to carefully shape, buff, and make the resin look at completely natural as possible.

The entire KeryFlex treatment only takes one appointment and then you walk out our front door, ready to jump back into your daily life with beautiful, restored nails!

Professional Nail Care for the Lakeshore (and Beyond!)

Our team at Northwood Foot and Ankle Center provides comprehensive care for problems in the lower limbs, including ones like toenail fungus.

This particular condition can take away your options, but we are able to give them back to you through professional fungal nail treatment and KeryFlex technology. In doing so, we are able to address the actual problem, while at the same time allowing you to avoid embarrassment when you go to any of our local beaches or wear (supportive and podiatrist-approved) sandals this summer.

For more information on any of the podiatric treatments we provide at our Holland and St. Joe’s offices, simply give us a call at (616) 393-8886 or contact us online right now.

One of our team members will be happy to help you, so contact us today!

Holland Office

388 Garden Avenue, Suite 120
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: 616-393-8886
Fax: 616-393-9975



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