Protect Your Feet

Winter 2005 CSANews Issue 57  |  Posted date : May 25, 2007.Back to list

Protect Your Feet from the Sun.

Your feet are just as susceptible to skin cancer as any other part of your body. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, cases of malignant melanoma on the foot and ankle are increasing. This is because we spend a lot of time protecting the rest of our bodies from the sun, such as our face, neck, back and arms. Most of us neglect our feet when applying sunscreen. As a result, our feet aren't getting adequate protection from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays. And skin abnormalities on the foot and ankle are not noticed as quickly as abnormalities elsewhere on our body, such as our face. The best prevention? Apply sunscreen liberally to both the tops and bottoms of your feet, and be sure to get your ankles in there, too. Wearing closed shoes is another alternative to protecting your feet. If you notice any suspicious moles or pigments on your foot or ankle, see your doctor as soon as possible.