ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
CANCER
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
CAREGIVING
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
EYE CARE, VISION
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
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Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers

SATURDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Going barefoot is one of the simple pleasures of summer, but some who doff their shoes and socks suffer injuries such as cuts and puncture wounds. In some cases, those injuries develop infections that require surgery.

If you do go barefoot, check out these safety tips from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons:

* Make sure you're vaccinated against tetanus. Teens and adults should get booster shots every 10 years.
* Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet to protect them from sunburn. Rare, but deadly, skin cancers can develop on the feet.
* Wear flip-flops or sandals around swimming pools, locker rooms and beaches. They'll help protect against cuts and abrasions from rough anti-slip surfaces and sharp objects hidden in beach sand, and prevent contact with viruses and bacteria that can cause athlete's foot, plantar warts and other foot problems.
* Use common sense. Every year, people lose toes while mowing the lawn barefoot and others suffer serious burns from accidentally stepping on stray campfire coals or fireworks. Remember that murky rivers, lakes and ponds can conceal sharp objects underwater.
* People with diabetes should never go barefoot, even indoors, because they may not "feel" a foot injury.
* If you suffer a puncture wound in your foot, see a doctor within 24 hours. A puncture wound must be cleaned properly and monitored throughout the healing process to avoid complications such as tissue and bone infections or damage to tendons or muscles in the foot.
* Inspect your feet on a routine basis for skin problems such as warts, calluses, ingrown toenails, suspicious moles, spots or freckles. The sooner a condition is detected, the easier it is to treat.

More information

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, news release, May 2008

Last Updated: June 28, 2008

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