May 13 , 2021
Tags - Common Conditions That Cause Dry Skin on Feet and Treatments
Have you ever had a pedicure and realised how soft and silky your feet feel after?
But, then after a day or two, your skin begins to feel dry and rough again - don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Typically, dry skin is more prevalent on feet over the rest of your body, due to the absence of oil glands (specifically on the soles of the feet), which also causes dehydration.
Furthermore, dry skin can appear on your feet as a result of an unhealthy diet, excessive walking and exercise and poor foot care.
Here are 5 common conditions that cause dry skin on the feet and how to treat at home.
1. Athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, whereby dry skin is a common symptom.
Consequently, not properly drying your feet or wearing sweaty socks can cause fungus to spread.
Furthermore, it leads to scaly rashes on the sole of your foot or inbetween your toes.
For this reason, take extra care when drying your feet, and make sure you’re free of moisture before wearing socks.
If the dry skin on your feet is itchy and flaky, it could be a sign of eczema - which can affect anyone at any age.
Typically, over the counter creams and lotions can usually do the trick.
However, in severe cases, your GP can prescribe something stronger.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease, and typical symptoms include thick and scaly skin patches, known as plaques.
More specifically, palmoplantar pustulosis psoriasis affects the soles of the feet, which can look like silver scales, be itchy and sore.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis and so, to reduce flare ups, you can treat using creams, ointments and oils to apply directly on the dry areas of your feet.
Finally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, reducing alcohol intake, avoiding smoking and eating healthily can help reduce psoriasis.
4. Thyroid Dysfunction
Thyroid dysfunction can sadly have an effect on your feet.
In particular, dry cracked heels are a direct result from under active thyroid glands that under regulate sweat in your feet.
To add some moisture back in, you should use mild soap and creams with natural oils, such as coconut oil.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to properly care for your feet to avoid serious complications later on.
In fact, diabetes can cause changes in the skin of your feet, and at times, cause them to be very dry.
Simply, the nerve damage that occurs can affect your body’s ability to control moisture in your feet.
So, if you have diabetes, make sure you seal in moisture using petroleum jelly, after washing and drying your feet.
Luckily, you can manage your dry feet with very simple methods from the comfort of your own home.
But, if you have dry skin, avoid scratching it, even if it's itchy, as it could lead to more bacteria formation and cause infections.
And, while your feet may not always feel as soft as a baby’s, with proper foot care you can ensure you’re always putting your best foot forward!
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