Do I need to apply sunscreen on my feet?

We know, we know—it’s tempting to “cheat” on applying sunscreen when you go out to the pool or enjoy a day outside. Faces and shoulders are top priority for everyone, but other body parts may be less likely to enjoy the same protection, and the feet are perhaps the most overlooked of all.

The skin on the top of your feet isn’t special. They can be sunburned, and any skin cancer that can appear anywhere else on the body can appear on the feet, too. This can include the most life-threatening variety, malignant melanoma. Worse, skin cancers that emerge on the feet may not be noticed as quickly as those that start elsewhere, giving them time to spread.

We urge you to use sunscreen on any and all skin that will be exposed to the sun’s rays and radiation (including the feet), check your feet regularly for any abnormal signs, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert if you have any concerns. You can call us at 760-568-0108 or fill out our appointment request form online.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle