Our feet endure a huge amount of stress and abuse as we go about our daily lives. They must carry our weight when we stand, walk and run, and they are often shoved into badly fitting shoes for long periods of time. Nails often become damaged without us realising, particularly when kept covered either by shoes and socks or nail varnish.
Fingernails also undergo trauma, particularly long nails which can be damaged by manicures and false nails, typing on keyboards, during washing up or gardening. There’s no doubt that most of us take our nails for granted until they no longer look like the healthy nails we are used to.
Nails can become damaged in a variety of ways; wearing of ill-fitting footwear, nails being trodden on, sports injuries, stubbing the toe and having manicures or pedicures in salons which do not use sterile instruments and who share nail polish between customers. Some people may also suffer from nail disorders such as psoriatic nails or Lichen Planus. These too cause damage to a healthy nail. Ill health and stressful lives have a large impact on nail health too, as can a poor diet or food intolerances.
Once a nail is damaged a port of entry is opened which allows fungal spores to enter the healthy tissue. These spores can develop into an active infection breaking down the nail plate and thus increasing the damage to the area. Not all damaged nails develop fungal infections.
At the LNLC we use the Lunula laser to regenerate the tissue and heal damage. Generally four treatments will be carried out along with the option of Wilde-Pedique nail reconstruction which is a temporary reconstructive nail which gives the appearance of a normal nail for up to six weeks. The Wilde-Pedique nail protects your nail as it grows out and helps it to heal. Wilde-Pedique can be applied as many times as required.