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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 12, 2022
Tags: skin cancer   sunscreen   spf   UV safety   UV rays   UV Damage   flip-flops   crocs  

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and rightfully so! Summer is finally here, which means the outdoors is beckoning, and we are all taking advantage of what nature has to offer. It is especially important this time of the year to lather up on SPF. But did you know your feet are just as vulnerable to harmful UV rays as the rest of your body? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our patients informed so they can make the best decisions regarding their health. Below you will find facts on UV safety and tips on protecting your feet all summer long! 

The Danger of UV Rays

UV rays, also known as ultraviolet radiation, come mainly from the sun. In most places, the UV rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. These rays can cause premature aging of the skin causing the skin to wrinkle and have a leathery appearance. Overexposure to UV rays can cause an array of serious health issues, such as skin cancer, melanoma, immune suppression, and heat exhaustion. For more information, check out the EPA’s website for more potential health effects of UV radiation. 

How To Reduce UV Damage to Your Skin

  1. Use Sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen is important year-round. Even in the winter, harmful UV rays can cause health effects. Most Dermatologists recommend using at least 30 SPF sunscreen, which blocks about 97% of harmful UV Rays.
  2. Avoid Peak Sun-Times. Harmful UV Rays are the least intense in the morning and early evening. If you are out at peak sun times, try to find activities you can do in the shade.
  3. Wear The Right Footwear. Sandals and flip-flops are easy to slip on, but they leave your feet exposed to the elements. Crocs are a useful shoe that protects while also allowing your feet to breathe.
  4. Cover Your Skin. One way to add further protection to your skin is to cover your skin. Choose breathable fabrics that keep you cool. Alternatively, use a beach umbrella, a pop-up tent, or the help of a big tree for extra shade protection.
  5. Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking plenty of water during the day is important! Staying hydrated, especially in the summer sun will help to replenish your body of any lost water due to sweating. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.

In case of a foot emergency, call your podiatrist. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. To schedule an appointment at our Middlesex County office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: beach day   spf   protect foot skin  

In Connecticut, state beaches are open, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know our Middlesex County patients are most likely happy to hear it. After a long period of home confinement, it will be good to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun. Before you go, check the status of the beaches and get safety tips from the state here. You’ll also want to take a few precautions to protect your feet as well.

  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before you get to the beach. Remember to re-apply every two hours, and each time after you come out of the water. Don’t forget the bottoms of your feet as well if you are spending time sitting out on a beach blanket.
  • Wear shoes to get to your spot. As inviting as the sand looks, it can be extremely hot, especially if the sun is high in the sky and the sand has been absorbing that warmth for several hours. The same goes for asphalt in the parking lot.
  • Bring sneakers for active play. If beach volleyball or a long walk down the shore is part of your plan, wear the right footwear. Sand shifts making it difficult to avoid wrenching your ankle if you are wearing flip-flops. Sneakers will also prevent injuries and puncture wounds from sharp objects buried in the sand.
  • Keep your feet covered in restrooms and changing areas. Damp surfaces where other people walk barefoot are the most likely place to catch a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. Most foot infections are spread by direct contact.
  • Watch out for jellyfish. Even jellyfish that have washed up on the shore can still sting you if you step on them. Bring along some baking soda or vinegar to help relieve the sting if you accidentally come in contact with one. Most of the time a jellyfish sting will heal within a few days. If it doesn’t, or you sustain another foot injury, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas to get the necessary treatment.


 








 

 

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