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Health Tip: Preventing Ingrown Toenail

(HealthDay News) -- An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin, causing pain and sometimes an infection.

To avoid the problem, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests:

  • Trimming toenails straight across.

  • Avoiding tight shoes that squeeze the toes.

  • Protecting feet from injury.

  • Using nail clippers to trim the nails, and using a nail file to gently smooth sharp edges. Never rip a nail with your fingers.

  • Keeping nails trimmed to the tips of the toes.

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