ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
CANCER
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
CAREGIVING
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Fasting on Alternate Days May Make Dieting Easier
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Common Pesticide Tied to Development Delays in Kids
EYE CARE, VISION
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Maximize Your Run
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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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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