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Health Tip: Protect Your Feet

Don't walk around barefoot

(HealthDay News) -- With dangers from sunburn to fungus, summer can be perilous for unprotected feet.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions:

  • Don't go barefoot. When walking to the pool, beach, locker room or around a hotel, always wear a pair of flip flops, shoes or sneakers.
  • Apply sunscreen to all areas of your feet and ankles. Reapply after getting out of the water.
  • Drink plenty of water every day, all day.
  • Practice calf stretches, toe wiggles and ankle flexes to promote circulation.
  • If you're heading to the beach, lake or river, find out if any special footwear is needed.
  • Seek medical attention for any foot injury.
  • Pack a small emergency kit that includes bandages, moleskin and nail clippers.

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