Your feet are often forgotten in your day to day routine. When is the last time you really noticed your feet? Sometimes, they will alert you with pain, or you may notice foot odor after you take off your shoes or socks. Another way, one we’ll talk about today, is if the skin on your feet takes a turn for the worse. You may look down one day and notice that your feet have suddenly started to become scaly or even flaky.
How did this happen?
Here are some possible causes of dry skin on your feet:
● Dry air – If your feet (and the rest of the skin on your body) is exposed to dry winter air, you might be more likely to experience dry skin.
● Dehydration – If you are not drinking enough water each day, you’re more likely to experience dry skin.
● Psoriasis or eczema – Skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema cause your skin to dry out. If your feet are affected by these conditions, you may see dry, flaky skin.
● Athlete’s foot – This fungal infection can cause you to have dry skin, possibly along with redness, itchiness, and rash. It can look similar to psoriasis or eczema, so be sure to treat for the correct condition.
● Nerve damage from diabetes – If you are diabetic, the loss of sensation (neuropathy) and low circulation can cause you to have dry skin as a side effect.
So how do we treat dry feet?
For most, dry skin is not a severe problem. Most can be handled with home treatments:
● Drink plenty of water each day.
● Add Epsom salt to that foot soak to extra moisture absorption.
● If dry skin is due to Athlete’s foot, start with an over-the-counter antifungal cream. If the rash persists, come see our podiatrist for a stronger medication.
● If dry skin is due to skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, some topical creams can be prescribed by your dermatologist or our podiatrist to help keep the symptoms at bay. Be sure to wash thoroughly and moisturize.
● If dry skin is due to diabetic neuropathy, you’ll need to take extra care to maintain foot hygiene, moisturize, and check for any wounds that are healing slowly, as they can become infected or ulcers.
If you’ve been suffering from dry skin on your feet, make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group in Jonesboro, AR. Our foot doctors are dedicated to your foot health and can perform a thorough assessment and prescribe treatments. Call 800-737-3668 for an appointment today!