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(NEWSER) – An 18-year-old heptathlete from West Bengal, India, is preparing for her first big international competition—and facing a challenge few competitors must address. Swapna Barman has six toes on each foot, and she hasn't been able to find a pair of shoes that works, Reuters reports.

"Even after all these years, it still hurts every time I put my shoes on," she says. "It's worse during the running events. I try to adjust but my toes curl under pressure."

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