As summer approaches, we often remember to slather sunscreen on our faces and bodies, but our feet are frequently overlooked. Sunburn and heat-related issues can cause significant discomfort and health problems for your feet. The expert podiatrists at Podiatry Center of New Jersey don’t want anything to get in the way of their patients enjoying summer to its fullest, so here are some essential tips to keep your feet protected from the sun.

Apply Sunscreen

Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it to all exposed areas of your feet, including the tops and soles. Reapply every two hours or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

Wear Protective Footwear

Choose water shoes or sandals with a closed design to protect your feet when you’re at the beach or pool. Pro tip: Light-colored shoes reflect sunlight and can help keep your feet cooler.

Seek Shade

Use umbrellas or beach tents to create a shaded area where you can relax and protect your feet. Try to stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Hydrate Your Feet

Apply a hydrating foot cream daily to keep the skin on your feet supple and prevent dryness. This helps maintain skin elasticity and reduces the risk of heat-related swelling.

Avoid Walking Barefoot

Always wear shoes on hot sand or pavement to avoid burns. Sandals or water shoes are great options for the beach. Before walking barefoot, test surfaces with your hand to ensure they’re not too hot.

Monitor for Signs of Sunburn and Heat Issues

Regularly inspect your feet for signs of sunburn or heat-related swelling. If you notice sunburn or swelling, cool your feet with cold water or compresses and apply aloe vera or a moisturizing lotion.

By incorporating these sun safety tips into your routine, you can ensure your feet stay healthy and comfortable all summer long. Protecting your feet from the sun and heat will allow you to fully enjoy your outdoor activities without worry.

The expert team at Podiatry Center of New Jersey is who you need to see when it comes to advice on foot health and wellness. Give us a call at (973) 925-4111 or make an appointment online.