ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
CANCER
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
EYE CARE, VISION
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Football Can Shrink Players
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Should the FDA Regulate Tobacco?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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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

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has more about puncture wounds.



-- Robert Preidt



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

Last Updated: June 28, 2008

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