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The skin is the largest organ that we have in our body. The skin is responsible for a number of vital roles including protecting our vital organs, protecting us against infectious agents and regulating our body temperature. It is also a sensory organ, allowing us to feel temperature, pressure and pain. There are a number of conditions that can occur in the skin and it is vital that these are managed appropriately to allow the skin to function properly.
The toenails are largely there to protect the ends of our toes from injury. Their function has changed in comparison to our primate ancestors, where they were originally used to help with gripping onto trees. The health of your toenails can sometimes help identify other health issues including anaemia. Injuries and conditions to the toenails can be quite painful and debilitating and should be treated to prevent them from deteriorating.
Our podiatrists commonly assess and treat the following conditions: