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Causes of Excessively Dry Skin

Most people end up with dry skin on their feet at some point or another. In some cases, though, this condition goes beyond simple dryness, sometimes resulting in more serious dryness, as well as flaking and peeling.

While there are a number of things that can cause dry and peeling skin, in some cases, there could be an underlying issue, such as athlete’s foot, that’s stopping the skin from healing up on its own. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a few common causes of dry, flaking, and peeling skin.

Skin Buildup
While natural exfoliation is a natural process of sheading off dead skin cells, if your feet are constantly in socks or shoes, or you don’t have regular foot scrubs or pedicures, over time dead skin can build up. A nice soak and gentle scrub can help remove the dead skin, leaving your feet nice and soft once again.

Lack of Moisture
A lack of moisture can wreak havoc on your feet and toes, causing dry, flakey skin. Certain environments can suck the moisture out of your skin, but regardless of your location, your feet need routine moisture. Combat the lack of moisture in your feet by applying lotion, oil, or cream nightly.

Athletes Foot
The fungal infection, athlete’s foot, can lead to dry, scaly, and peeling skin. With athlete’s foot, there are often other symptoms, such as odors and itching that accompany the dry skin. Over the counter antifungal medication can usually clear up the condition, but if the symptoms worsen or persist, be sure to see your podiatrist.

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition can cause dry, itchy skin that peels. This condition affects other areas of your skin, not just your feet. If you believe you have eczema or have symptoms that fit, you should speak with your doctor. This skin condition is best treated with steroid creams that only a doctor can provide you with.

If you have excessively dry skin that just won’t heal, be sure to contact your podiatrist. They will be able to provide you with a diagnosis, allowing you to determine the cause of your dry skin, and will also be able to recommend solutions or treatment options that can help.

For foot treatment in Houston, Texas contact Dr. Lamarra of Shepherd Square Podiatry today.