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Health Tip: Protect Your Feet in the Heat

Guard sensitive soles from sun, injury
(HealthDay News) -- Hot weather can give your feet a beating, but you can take a few steps to protect your sensitive soles from the heat and sun.
The American Podiatric Medical Association lists these tips to keep feet healthy in hot weather:
Try not to walk around barefoot to help reduce the risk of injury and infection. Slip on a pair of flip-flops when you're at the pool, beach or locker room, and even in a hotel room. Protect your feet from sunburn by thoroughly applying sunscreen all over your feet, and reapplying after you've been in the water. Cut down on swelling by drinking plenty of water, and remember to stretch your ankles and calves and wiggle your feet frequently. Wear appropriate protective footwear for water sports that require it; pack an extra pair so you don't have to put on wet shoes. Pack a foot first-aid kit for vacation, and seek medical attention for any foot problems.
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