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Looked at your toenails lately?

London - Toenails, like fingernails, are thought to be an evolutionary leftover from claws. Their function is to protect the toes from damage. They endure being rubbed against shoes and stubbed, and bacteria and fungi, so are vulnerable to problems.

WHAT CAN GO WRONG:

According to podiatrist Mike ONeill, very pale toenails could indicate the heart is having trouble pumping blood to the extremities. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

According to podiatrist Mike O’Neill, very pale toenails could indicate the heart is having trouble pumping blood to the extremities. Another sign to look out for in this case is ridges on the nail or losing the hairs on your toes, as this can mean underlying vascular disease.

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