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Health Tip: Protect Against an Ingrown Toenail

Ways to help prevent the pain

(HealthDay News) -- An ingrown toenail can become quite painful as a nail grows into a toe's skin.

The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these prevention tips:

  • Trim nails straight across, never on a curve. Cut them to the tip of the toes, never shorter.
  • Use clippers to cut nails, and don't dig into the corners of the nails. Use a nail file to smooth the corners.
  • Don't wear shoes with a narrow or pointy toe box.
  • Don't tear or rip the edges of your toenails.

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