Protecting Your Feet from UV Damage

Protecting Your Feet from UV Damage

Sunscreen: Not Just for Your Nose

As we welcome the new year, it’s the perfect time to revisit some essential foot care practices that often go unnoticed. While many of us diligently apply sunscreen to our faces and other exposed areas, one part of our body is frequently neglected – our feet. Yes, you read that right – our feet deserve some SPF love too!


As your trusted podiatrists, we at South Eastern Sports Podiatry want to emphasise the importance of protecting your feet from the harmful effects of UV radiation. Just like the rest of your body, your feet are susceptible to sun damage, and neglecting their protection can lead to various issues, including sunburn, premature ageing, and an increased risk of skin cancer.


Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t forget to put sunscreen on your feet:

Reducing the Risk of Skin Cancer:

Skin cancer can affect any part of the body exposed to the sun, including the skin on your feet. The skin on the tops and sides of your feet is just as vulnerable as any other area. Applying sunscreen can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer in these often-overlooked areas.


Preventing Sunburn and Peeling:

We’ve all experienced the discomfort of sunburn on more common areas like the face and shoulders, but sunburned feet can be just as painful. Sunscreen helps prevent sunburn and peeling, ensuring your feet stay comfortable and healthy. 


Slowing Down Premature Ageing:

The skin on your feet is not immune to the ageing effects of the sun. UV radiation can cause premature ageing, including wrinkles, fine lines, and sunspots. Regular use of sunscreen can help slow down these ageing processes, keeping your feet looking and feeling youthful.


4.Maintaining Overall Foot Health:

Sun damage can weaken the skin on your feet, making it more susceptible to injuries, infections, and other foot-related issues. By protecting your feet with sunscreen, you contribute to their overall health and well-being.


Now that you understand the importance of sunscreen for your feet, here are some tips on how to incorporate this crucial step into your daily routine:

– Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

– Apply sunscreen to your feet, including the tops, sides, and the soles, every morning before putting on your shoes.

– Reapply sunscreen if you’ll be spending an extended period outdoors, especially during peak sun hours.


At South Eastern Sports Podiatry, we care about your overall foot health. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine is a small yet powerful step toward ensuring the longevity and well-being of your feet.


Make 2024 the year you prioritise comprehensive foot care. Your feet will thank you! 


Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!