Can I get acrylic nails put on my toenails?

I know that you enjoy nice looking nails. Acrylic nails are very commonly used on the fingernails. Some salons will apply them to your toenails as well. This can be problematic and has the potential to cause pain and infection.

 

Acrylic nails are hard and inflexible. While this isn't an issue on your fingernails, it poses a problem when you put your feet into a shoe. Your toenails flex as you walk and as you contact a shoe. Without this flexibility, the nail would drive into your toe and mimic an ingrown toenail. The pressure, even for a short time, can cause a foot infection to form.

 

At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we offer a solution. We use an innovative technology known as Keryflex. Keryflex is is a keratin resin applied over your own toenail to provide a healthy appearing nail. Unlike acrylics, it is flexible and will not cause the same problems as acrylic nails. You can use nail polish and nail polish remover with the Keryflex toenail, just as you would a regular toenail. By the way, men often come in to have a Keryflex toenail applied to damaged or fungal nails during sandal season.

 

Keep your nails and feet healthy and safe. Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists to see if you are a candidate for Keryflex toenail restoration.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.