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The Beach and Your Feet

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and it’s also beach season! Now is a great time for a refresher course on how the sun’s rays can impact the skin on your feet and ankles. Do you know your risk? According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, the risk of developing melanoma doubles if you have a history of five or more sunburns. Although some people are more prone to sunburn, anyone can get one. Protect your skin with sunscreen.

Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center wants you to enjoy your beach time without bringing home a sunburn on your feet — or any other type of injury. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind during your next beach vacation.

Sunblock

Do you consider sunblock a must-have for your packing list? We do. Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays is extremely important for everyone. Choose sunblock that works best for you, as some people are more sensitive to particular ingredients. If you plan to play sports or spend a lot of time in the water, purchase sunscreen to help you stay safe in these scenarios.

Shoes and sandals

Hot sand and hot pavement can cause big ouches — especially if you’re walking without shoes. To protect your soles from burns, always wear shoes. Also, to protect your feet from sharp objects buried in the sand, wear shoes that offer enough protection. Flimsy flip-flops may not do the job.

Supplies for first-aid

Do you have bandages for a cut? If you needed to add compression to your ankle, could you find something in your suitcase or beach bag? We don’t often think about things that could go wrong while having fun. It’s always best to be prepared, though. Think of travel-sized items that could help you clean a wound and keep it covered.

There is so much to consider while planning for a beach trip. When you’re thinking about the safety of your feet, include these tips:

  • Carry contact information for a doctor
  • Some injuries require immediate attention; don’t wait until you return
  • Never ignore an injury; rest and schedule an appointment

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats a variety of conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

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