Proper grooming is the first step in preventing ingrown nails.
Soak the feet first to soften the nails. Always cut the nail straight across using nail clippers, and leave enough nail to cover the toe to protect it. (Do not use scissors, which are difficult to manipulate in the corners of the nail.) Smooth sharp edges with an emery board.
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