ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
CANCER
More Cancer Tests Mean More False-Positive Results
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
CAREGIVING
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
Six Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren't
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Treat Kids to a Safe Halloween
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At 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

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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