Florida’s known for hot, sunny weather – they don’t call us “The Sunshine State” for nothing! So, we’re all pretty used to applying SPF every day – but how many of you actually remember to apply sunblock to your feet? To truly protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays, it’s important to apply sunscreen from head to toe -- literally – because feet can get skin cancer, too!
If you think about it, your feet spend a lot of time in the sun – you’re walking around in sandals, swimming, strolling along the beach or boardwalk, and simply being outside for hours every day. Unprotected, they are just as vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer as any other part of the body.
Beyond protecting feet from sun with SPF of at least 30, be sure to keep feet covered or in the shade between 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun is most intense. Reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Finally, check your feet each night for any signs of trouble. Treat sunburn with aloe and prop feet up to reduce any swelling. Look for changes in moles or anything new that is not symmetrical, have an uneven border, vary in color, or are larger than an average pencil eraser. If you spot anything on your feet fitting this description, call us for help as soon as possible. If you’re not sure, that’s even more reason to contact us! We will assess your feet and determine if treatment is necessary.Keep your feet safe from the summer sun. Find out more or make an appointment with Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by dialing 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County).