By the skin of your feet……

We all know the importance of using sun screen. Applying sunscreen to your face and arms may almost be second nature with the warm Texas sun beaming down every day. But, do you also remember to offer the same concession to your lower extremity? As you may have noticed before, the health of your legs and feet are our focus here at Austin Foot & Ankle and we wanted to talk a little about protecting your skin.

Our skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is the only organ that can be readily seen or examined without any special instruments. The skin on your feet and legs is prone to the same damage you are sure to guard against by applying sun block to the skin on your face or arms. Most of us could agree that nothing hurts worse than trying to slip a sunburned foot into a shoe; but it is the sun's rays can cause much unseen damage that may lead to cancers.

All of us at AFAS want to remind you to protect the skin on your legs and feet as well as watching for any changes. Keep an eye on any markings to your skin. Changes in size and color are red flags for you to seek medical attention. Most problems that manifest in the skin can be treated with excellent results if caught early. Monitor any changes and be sure to note when it started, how long it has been present, and the specific changes that occurred. Make an appointment with Dr. Thomajan if you have any concerns about those skin changes to your foot and ankle. Until next time, stay healthy and happy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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