It’s summertime, and many people are heading to the pool or the beach to cool down. And many of those people will return home later to find that their feet are sunburned because they forgot about them when applying sunscreen. So today, Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, in New Haven County and Fairfield County are sharing their tips for treating sunburned feet.
Both the top and bottom of your feet are exposed to the sun’s effects.
If your feet become sunburned from intense exposure to the sun, the following solutions can help alleviate your pain and speed up the healing.
Wear open shoes, like flats or sandals, to diminish the friction and pain caused by the shoe rubbing against the sunburned skin.
Drink plenty of liquids to keep your body hydrated to encourage healing.
If your feet are swollen, elevate them.
Take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce swelling and pain.
Apply compresses of yogurt or milk, and baking soda to your skin to draw out the heat. Let dry, then rinse with cool water.
Soak your feet in cool water to alleviate the pain. Or you can apply cool, wet, black tea bags, or cotton balls soaked with witch hazel, to your feet to help cool the skin and diminish the swelling.
Apply sunburn pain gels or aloe vera to your feet as often as needed. This will moisturize the skin and speed healing.
If you have blisters, don’t scratch them as this can cause more pain and possible scarring.
Of course, the best possible treatment is to prevent your feet from getting sunburned in the first place. Don’t let sunburn or foot pain ruin your summer.
If you are experiencing sunburn or any other problems or issues with your feet, contact the offices Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County to schedule a consultation. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.