Summer is here, and the great outdoors are once again beckoning, and people are taking advantage of all the season has to offer. But sun damage can be problematic and many people overlook the fact that your feet are just as susceptible as other parts of your body. Because July is UV Safety Awareness Month, today Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing what you need to know to protect your feet from harmful UV rays.
Sunlight is a powerful source of UV radiation. And while there may be health benefits to getting some sun, it can also cause both skin cancer and skin damage. So, the bottom line is that there is no such thing as a safe suntan.
3 Top Tips to Protect Your Feet from the Summer Sun
Most people take steps to protect other parts of their bodies from the sun, but it’s easy to forget about your feet. So today we’re sharing some tips to avoid sun damage to your feet.
- Wear proper footwear. Flip-flops and sandals are summertime favorites, but they can leave your feet vulnerable to sun damage. Crocs are one type of footwear that allows your feet to breathe while offering more coverage.
- Avoid peak sunshine times. Early evening and morning typically have weaker UV rays when the sun is not as strong. If you do venture out, try to go to places that have plenty of shade.
- Apply suntan lotion to your feet. Apply suntan lotion liberally to your feet to protect against damaging UV rays. Dermatologists suggest applying a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. This will block out 97 percent of the sun's dangerous UV rays. No suntan lotion is completely effective, but lotions with a higher SPF number are more effective at blocking the sun.
If you or a loved one is suffering from any foot-related issues this summer, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, today to make an appointment. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.