Do you think there can be too much of a good thing? When we think of beautiful sunsets, ice cream on a hot day, dipping your feet in the ocean, or having a picnic in the park there is nothing wrong at all with these great summer activities! On the subject of summer, we want to talk about the sun, and there are definitely times when too much can be dangerous. Sunburns on feet in particular can be very painful. We have a few tips to keep your feet safe and feeling great.
It doesn’t take long when you are out in the sun for a burn to happen, and unfortunately feet are often forgotten when the sunscreen is applied. The skin on the tops of your feet and toes is quite tender, so sunburn there can be especially painful. As with any burn, you can experience redness, pain, swelling, peeling and blisters. The best line of defense is to lather up with sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher before you head out. Apply it on your entire foot and ankle and be sure to reapply if you will be in and around water.
If you happen to strike out and a burn happens, treat it quickly and appropriately. Letting your feet soak in a cool footbath can help take the sting and heat out. Afterwards, apply a cream or lotion with aloe Vera. If you have an actual aloe plant, that is even better. You may notice some minor swelling due to the burn—if so, elevate your feet and ask your doctor if it is appropriate to take an anti-inflammatory medicine.
If the pain and swelling don't go down in 24-36 hours, or you notice new symptoms appearing, we suggest coming in for a medical evaluation. There could be a chance of infection or an underlying injury or condition causing your symptoms. For any concerns or treatment this summer, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery and make an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel. You can reach our office in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055 or in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736.