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—For anyone with toenail fungus, “soccer toe,” or other toenail conditions, the KeryFlexTM Nail Restoration System finally gives you the chance to show off your toes.  KeryFlexTM uses polymer resins and special activators to create a durable, yet flexible artificial nail when exposed to a certain frequency of ultraviolet light.  KeryFlexTM is available only through a properly trained podiatrist, who can complete the application of the product, with UV light curing time included, in as little as 10-15 minutes for the big toenail.

Local podiatrist Jennifer Gross-Edwards, who has received training on KeryFlexTM application, thinks the product will really change how people deal with toenail fungus.  “The new toenail looks very natural. If done properly, it’s hard to tell the new nail apart from the other nails,” says Dr. Jennifer Gross-Edwards.
 
The interval between applications will vary according to the patient, but in general, the time between applications is eight to twelve weeks. If the patient wants to have the nail removed, the podiatrist can file away the artificial nail until it is no longer attached to the natural nail.  Rarely, a KeryFlexTM nail may detach from the natural nail.  This usually occurs with repeated trauma to the KeryFlexTM nail, such as might occur with long-distance running. But if the podiatrist is careful not to extend the KeryFlexTM nail beyond the fleshy edge of any toe, the KeryFlexTM nail should handle the stress just fine.

The incidence of toenail fungus in the U.S. has been estimated to be 15% to 20% among persons aged 40 to 60 years.  According to one study, 75% of persons diagnosed with nail fungus were embarrassed by their nails.  Nail fungus is difficult to cure, and the current topical and systemic pharmaceutical products do not have an immediate effect on nail appearance.  The KeryFlexTM Nail Restoration System, while not a treatment, can be used as a cosmetic adjunct with pharmaceutical agents designed to eradicate the fungus.

So, if you’re tired of looking down on your toenails, or want to make sure your toes are ready for sandals this summer- check with Dr. Jennifer Gross, she might be able to help you with KeryFlexTM.  Dr. Jennifer Gross-Edwards has her private practice, Advanced Foot Care, P.C., located at 940 N. New Street, Bethlehem.