Health Tip: Caring for Your Feet

(HealthDay News) -- Summer is here, and it's time to remember your feet.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends:

  • Don't walk barefoot; wear a pair of flip-flops at the pool, beach or in a locker room.
  • Protect feet with sunscreen. Reapply regularly, and after swimming.
  • Drink lots of water to help reduce swelling of the feet and ankles. When traveling, take frequent breaks to flex your feet, ankles and toes.
  • Use water shoes if you're visiting the beach, a creek, pond or lake. Pack a pair of dry shoes to change into.
  • Create a foot first-aid kit, including moisturizing cream, bandages, nail clippers and blister pads. If you hurt your foot, see a podiatrist.

-- Diana Kohnle

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