August is the time of year people are getting outside to enjoy everything summer has to offer. Whether it’s hitting the beach, going to the pool, or just enjoying a pleasant outdoor stroll, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the sun. August is also Summer Sun Safety Month. It’s an excellent time to look at various ways to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
HOW DOES THE SUN CAUSE HARM?
The sun emits powerful ultraviolet rays that can penetrate the skin and cause various kinds of cancer. Even the skin and bones of your feet can be affected by cancers and growths. According to the CDC, over 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer every year. If you expose your feet to the sun, the skin is at risk.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Luckily there are a few easy tips that can mitigate the harm done by UV rays. Try doing these things:
- Use sunscreen on your feet. Remember to reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours as well.
- Avoid going outdoors when the sun is at its strongest. In the morning and evening, the sun’s rays are usually at their weakest. This is the time the UV rays will do the least amount of harm.
- Avoid going barefoot. Flip-flops and sandals can also leave a lot of skin exposed to harsh UV rays. Try to choose footwear that leaves as little of your skin exposed as possible.
- Finally, check your feet for any moles, freckles, or discoloration of the skin. Be sure to check in between your toes as well.
If you do notice anything odd, it’s important to contact an experienced specialist. Catching cancer early can save your life.
For more tips and expert advice, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.