WHAT DOES HAVING DRY FEET MEAN?

Most people tend to forget about their feet until they have an infection, an itch or a blister. But the truth is…your feet can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your body. So listen up!

Your feet can indicate symptoms of serious illnesses such as diabetes to less problematic issues such as nutritional deficiencies and dehydration. Each foot has 33 joints, 100 tendons, muscles, as well as many nerves and blood vessels that go to the heart, brain and spine. Your feet are a wealth of knowledge and if you listen – they can tell you a lot!

EXTREMELY DRY FEET

Even if your face or hands tend to be dry, do not dismiss this skin condition on your feet. You don’t have to be a jock to contract athlete’s foot, a fungal infection that usually starts as dry, itchy skin that then progresses to inflammation and blisters. When blisters break, the infection spreads.

Athlete’s foot usually shows up between the toes first. It can spread to the soles and even to other parts of the body (like the underarms or groin), usually due to scratching.

Dermatitis and other immune system disorders, such as eczema or psoriasis can cause excessive skin peeling on feet. These auto-immune diseases cause the skin cells to die and shed too quickly, causing excessive scaling, flaking, or peeling of the skin. Dermatitis-induced skin peeling may occur in between the toes, the bottom of the feet, both sides of the feet, or on the skin of the hands.

There are various kinds of allergies which trigger skin peeling that can be visible on your hands or feet. Allergies to medications, fragrances, or harsh detergents are the most common ones. Peeling foot skin caused by allergies is usually noted by severe itching which only stops when you keep away from things that initially caused the allergic reaction.

Never dismiss pain in your feet. Pay attention to how they look and, especially how they feel.

What is your best solution to excessively dry feet? Schedule a visit with one of our foot specialists. Early attention to issues with your feet help ensure better long term foot heath.

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