Sunburned Feet

Sunburned Feet

If you don’t protect your skin from excessive sun exposure with sunscreen and clothing, it can damage the skin and even lead to skin cancer. It’s critical to treat sunburned feet as early as possible to help repair and soothe the damaged skin.

We often overlook the health of our feet. They bear your entire weight all day and don’t complain until they’re in agony. If you don’t cover your feet the same way you protect the rest of your body, you can wind up with burnt feet after spending time outside in the heat.

If you plan on engaging in outdoor activities this summer, it’s always a great idea to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin, including your feet and toes. Neglecting to apply sunscreen on your feet might be a costly error, resulting in discomfort, burning, and pain.

Sunburn pains are terrible, and foot-related ones are especially excruciating. Even when the redness, burning, and swelling have subsided, the UV rays can cause cellular damage. Repeated burns inflict more damage and expose you to the risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen is always your first line of protection when lazing on the beach, canoeing along the river, or watching your favorite sport from the stands.


Sunburns are graded based on the damage to your skin. It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Here are some home remedies to soothe the pain and heal the damage.

  • Use aloe vera or menthol concentrated gels to soothe the burning.
  • Pain medicines can be effective in reducing swelling and discomfort.
  • A cool compress or immersing your feet in ice water can help if the burn is not severe.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids.
  • Elevate your feet and rest idle to reduce swelling (especially edema) to give your feet a break.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs can assist in lessening swelling and pain.


  • Don’t overlook your feet, toes, and ankles while applying sunscreen. We suggest using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF that shields against UV rays.
  • While outside, reapply sunscreen every two hours and reduce time spent in direct sunlight.
  • Even if you’re only sunbathing, keep in mind that sand may reflect and magnify the sun’s rays.
  • Assess your feet for any irregularities in skin texture and color.

It’s crucial to stay out of the sun when recuperating from sunburn due to sensitive skin. Overexposure might cause more damage and put a sudden end to your planned summer activities. For more information on the subject, please don’t hesitate to contact the office of Dr. John C. Marzano at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, to schedule a consultation. You can visit our office at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701, or call us at (914) 423-0600.