Artificial toenails - top or flop?

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While artificial fingernails have already become established, artificial toenails still remain in the background. Ugly toenails are not uncommon. Many men and women are ashamed of their nails. If the toenail is discoloured, crooked or even deformed, especially women tend to hide their feet. This leads to stress, especially in the hot summer months. Swimming pools, sandals and slippers are avoided. Can artificial toenails offer a solution?

Artificial nails for gluing on

Artificial nails for sticking on are available in every drugstore. They are quickly stuck on for the small purse and can boost self-confidence. The artificial nails are available for as little as 10 euros. Unfortunately this was already all positive things to say about the cheap helpers. The glueable toenails have an inflexible material. This not only leads to an uncomfortable wearing feeling, the rigid material can even cause severe pain, as it does not adapt to the movement of the toes. In addition, your own toenail can be severely damaged, which is partly due to the adhesive. If the nail is not placed correctly, additional fluid and bacteria collect under the open area, which significantly increases the risk of bacterial infection.

Nail modelling by the nail designer

The nail designer offers an alternative. Foot nail modellages are offered from as little as 25 euros. By means of UV gel the toenails mostly get a beautiful French look. If there are no health reasons for the unsightly nail, there is not much to be said against nail modelling by the designer. However, I recommend you to pay attention to sufficient qualification and hygiene of the nail designer. Before the modelling it should absolutely come to the foot care. The nails should be checked especially for nail fungus and bacterial infections. Should your nail suffer from a fungus or infection, you should let it heal completely for the time being. Otherwise, modelling can limit the healing process enormously. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, gel modelling can also prevent pressure pain, as the nail is strengthened and the nail bed is protected.

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Nail prosthesis at the podiatrist

A nail prosthesis at the podiatrist offers a healthy alternative, especially for deformed toenails. The deformed nail is compensated by means of flexible plastic and can be painted independently. Your own nail grows back under the prosthesis in a natural way. In addition, the material can prevent nail infections and the prosthesis does not stand out as an artificial nail. Therefore the nail prosthesis can also be a welcome alternative for men. The artificial nail looks natural and promotes the health of the diseased nail. However, a residual nail must be present to be able to attach the prosthesis. You can have your prosthesis modelled per nail from 25 Euros. Health insurance companies usually do not cover these costs.

Conclusion: Top or Flop?

Basically, artificial toenails can increase self-esteem, prevent psychological stress due to unsightly nails and even protect the natural nail from pressure pain and infections. However, artificial nails are not recommended for gluing on. The health disadvantages outweigh and in addition the cheap models look mostly very unnatural and of low quality. After an examination by a nail designer you can fall back on modelling at the nail designer with a clear conscience, as long as there is no health damage to the nail. The nails get a beautiful look and nothing stands in the way of the next visit to the swimming pool. In case of diseased nails, a visit to the podiatrist is a great opportunity to conjure up a healthy and visually beautiful nail. The prosthesis can relieve the strain on your own nail and also looks particularly natural.

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