Going Barefoot

We all know how warm weather sometimes just begs for kicking off our shoes. But the next time you want to let those toes run free among nature, think twice.

Rusty nails, glass and other sharp objects may lurk among the dirt and grass, so be sure the area has been policed. Also, if you have any existing cuts or scrapes, keep those feet covered. Tetanus bacteria live in soil, saliva, dust and manure. The National Institutes of Health advises that tetanus can lead to “locking” of the jaw, which makes it impossible to open your mouth and can lead to suffocation.

To be safe, adults should get a tetanus shot or booster every 10 years since the vaccine does not last forever. If you do happen to step on a nail or get a bad cut, it is important to see your doctor right away. You may need a booster shot.

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus and in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Schedule an appointment online today.