Summer vacation means plenty of time to appreciate the environment during Great Outdoors Month. However, with the hot sun and weather we get here in Chandler and Gilbert, you run the risk of painful skin damage. While most people know to apply sunscreen for protection on the face and shoulders, many forget about their lower limbs. Your feet are susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays just like anywhere else on your body. Preventing sunburned feet is an important part of keeping you safe and healthy this summer.
The best way to keep your feet from the sun’s harmful rays is to avoid exposing them to the harsh summer sun, especially for any extended period of time. Wear supportive shoes that cover your feet to deflect the UV radiation and keep your skin undamaged. Avoid walking barefoot outdoors as well, especially on hot pavement where you could burn the soles of your feet.
Wearing normal shoes, however, can get very hot, especially during the summer in Arizona! Most people want to be able to wear sandals and let their lower limbs breathe more. To protect your feet, apply sunscreen all over the tops, sides, and backs of your lower limbs. Make sure you reapply after several hours, or after swimming in water.
Sunburns on the feet are more painful than most people realize, and they can increase your risk for developing skin cancer as well. Don’t take your lower limbs for granted—keep them happy and healthy this summer by preventing sunburned feet. For more information about protecting the skin or tips for dealing with sunburns, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can submit an online form, or contact us directly: for the office in Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
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