Despite the name Palm Beach Drive, there are no beaches in Chandler, AZ. You need to go several hours south to Mexico or west to San Diego to find the sand, wind, and waves you are looking for. You don’t need to go that far to get sunburned feet, though! In the Arizona sun, that can happen quickly on a picnic at Desert Breeze Lake, fishing at Water Ranch Lake in Gilbert, or even in a tanning booth (which is why we don’t recommend them).
That rosy glow on the tops of your feet mean the skin has been exposed to too much UV light. A few hours after you’ve soaked up too many rays your skin will turn red and feel hot and painful. This damage may take several days of longer to fade, and can lead to dry, wrinkled skin, dark or rough spots, and dangerous cancers.
What do you do to avoid trouble? Covering up is great. Wear socks and shoes to protect your feet from the sun’s rays. Staying in the shade is wonderful too. It helps you stay cooler as well as keeping the burn away.
However, sometimes you just want to enjoy the warm weather activities, and that’s what sunscreen is designed for. Use one with an SPF—sun protection factor—of 30 (lower may not be enough, but higher doesn’t increase the benefits that much). Apply it to your feet as you do on the rest of your body, and don’t forget your toes.
Remember to reapply as needed if you go in the water or perspire a lot, as moisture can wash away the protection. If you do notice that rosy glow or feel pain or warmth, try cool water soaks and aloe vera to sooth and promote skin healing.
As much as 80% of UV rays get through on cloudy days, so don’t think you’re safe on the occasional overcast day. The rays can also bounce off sand, water and other surfaces and reflect on your skin with the same damaging results.Cover up, grease up, or “time’s up” (limiting your time in the sun) can keep your feet from getting sunburned, but if you have a serious case that is blistering or causing extreme pain, be sure to call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for treatment. (480) 963-9000 will reach our Chandler, AZ office and in Gilbert dial (480) 981-1800, or you can request an appointment online and our staff will schedule your visit.