Spotlight: Sohl Foot & Ankle

Summer is back and so is damaging UV radiation. 

It’s time to remind everyone to apply sunscreen to the top of your feet and legs (an often-overlooked area where skin damage can occur). Not protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation reveals consequences often seen later in life.  UV radiation significantly contributes to accelerated skin aging. 

Many skin cancers are linked to sun exposure.  Common medications like antibiotics or even ibuprofen can increase a person’s photosensitivity leading to more sun damage. 

When choosing a sunblock for your skin protection, make sure it has “UVA” and “UVB” coverage.  Both types of sun radiation cause damage. 

The SPF (Sun Protective Factor) should be at least 30. The two basic types of sunscreen are physical and chemical. 

Physical sunscreen is creamy and reflects UV radiation (e.g. Zinc Oxide). 

It works as soon as you apply it; it is not absorbed through the skin but can be difficult to spread evenly and can leave skin looking pale like a ghost. 

Chemical sunscreens are easier to apply and take about 15 minutes to start protecting against UV radiation.  Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin though, and data is unclear if there are consequences for this.

Remember to reapply every two hours and/or after swimming. Peak sun exposure is usually between 10am and 2pm. Overcast weather doesn’t stop UV radiation!

If you have young children in your life, it’s a good idea to teach them the risks and consequences of too much sun exposure too. 

Sun protection habits that start early will translate into less skin damage issues when our young ones grow up, and they will thank us for it.

Best summer wishes from Sohl Foot & Ankle.  Call us for all your foot and ankle problems at 267-699-3839.

PHOTO CAP: The tops of your feet need UV protection too!

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