Tips from a New York Podiatrist: Why Your Feet Are Peeling

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Dec 9, 2014 9:00:00 AM

peeling_skin_foot_problemsIf you suffer from the skin peeling on the bottom of your feet and between your toes, embarrassment and annoyance are probably your biggest concerns. It’s not an uncommon occurrence for people to have peeling feet for a number of reasons. There are also some easy treatments you can do yourself. However, it can look quite unpleasant and could be something more serious. Check out these tips from a New York podiatrist to learn more about peeling feet.

Causes of Peeling Feet

When the skin is peeling on the bottom of your feet it’s usually nothing too serious. Most likely it’s due to:

  • Your feet are constantly wet. Think of the way your hands and feet look when you’ve been in the bath or pool too long. They get wet and wrinkly and eventually they can start to peel. If you have a job that requires you to constantly get your feet wet, such as a lifeguard or car washer, then this will probably happen to you.

  • Your feet aren’t allowed to breathe. If you keep your feet enclosed in shoes all day where they aren’t allowed to breathe, they will sweat. The excessive moisture will have a similar effect to the example above and cause your feet to peel.

  • You have a skin condition. If you have intense itching and peeling skin between and around your toes, you may have Athlete’s Foot. This is actually a fungal infection that is contagious and spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing. Peeling feet can also be the result of other skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or sensitive skin that tends to get very dry during cold winter months.

The good news is that peeling feet are actually easily treatable with the following treatment tips from a New York podiatrist detailed below.

Treatments for Peeling Feet

In most cases, peeling feet can be taken care of with good basic foot hygiene and a little extra care such as:

  • Washing feet daily with soap.
  • Making sure to completely dry feet after washing.
  • Using a good moisturizer.
  • If you have excessively dry skin, use an oil-based moisturizer and apply after bathing when the skin is still wet to lock in moisture.
  • For Athlete’s Foot, an over-the-counter foot powder, ointment, oil or spray is used for mild cases; other medications can be prescribed by a doctor for more serious cases.
  • For other skin conditions it’s best to consult with your doctor

Consulting With a Podiatrist

If your peeling feet start to actually crack and bleed then you are at risk for infections. For this and other skin conditions it’s best that you consult with a podiatrist, especially if it’s causing you any kind of foot pain. They can help determine the cause of your condition and make the best recommendations for your specific case.

If you’re suffering from peeling skin on your feet or other foot problems, schedule a consultation with a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, Foot Care