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.