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Health Tip: Help Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Health Tip: Help Prevent Ingrown Toenails

03/29/11

(HealthDay News) -- Trim your toenails too short, and you could be setting yourself up for a painful problem.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says ingrown nails -- nails that burrow beneath the skin -- also stem from failing to cut the nails in a straight line by tapering them at the corners.

The academy offers these suggestions for preventing ingrown toenails:

  • Avoid going barefoot, or wearing shoes without socks.
  • Make sure there's plenty of room inside shoes for your toes to wiggle freely.
  • Use sharp, clean nail clippers to cut toenails straight across. Don't round the corners.
  • Don't cut a nail below the end of the toe.
  • Make sure your feet are always dry and clean.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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