Here’s why your feet are always dry, cracked, and peeling

Your feet aren't exactly pleasant to look at, but rough, peeling skin makes them look that much worse. But the problems can stem from beyond pounding the pavement. Read on to discover six reasons why your feet are always dry, cracked, and peeling

Here’s why your feet are always dry, cracked, and peeling
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Dehydration

Dehydration can make you tired, decrease your metabolism, contribute to break outs, and cause your feet to peel, too. “If you’re not hydrated enough, your skin starts to flake off everywhere on our bodies,” Dr Pruthi says. Remember: Water is your friend.

Fungal infections

According to Dr Rebecca Pruthi, a doctor of podiatric medicine and owner of Foot Care of Manhattan, the most common reason patients have peeling feet is a fungal infection, like athlete’s foot, but they might not always realise it.

“A lot of times it just presents itself as peeling skin and patients don’t have the itchiness, so they don’t know it’s a fungal infection,” Dr Pruthi says. So if your skin starts mysteriously peeling all of a sudden, get it checked out sooner rather than later. Once you have a fungal infection on your skin, it can easily infect your toenail, which Pruthi warns can be very difficult to get rid of.

“What I find that happens is that the skin infects the nails, the nails re-infect the skin, back and forth, back and forth,” she says. “So whatever presents itself first, you want to knock it away.”

Sweaty exercise routines

Excess sweat and moist environments often cause these foot infections, which lead to peeling. That might mean that your gym regimen, especially if there’s some hot yoga thrown in, can contribute to your peeling feet.

Dr Pruthi warns that “anything you’re doing barefoot, or if you’re sharing mats, or if you’re doing hot yoga in a moist environment” can lead to this bacterial or fungal infection. See a doc if you think you have it.

Eczema

“Eczema is a skin condition that manifests through scaling of the skin,” says Dr Pruthi. It can cause peeling, itching, and dryness all over the body—including the soles of your feet. Although many have experienced eczema since childhood, people can also develop the skin condition as an adult. Luckily, there are many topical remedies available through podiatrists and dermatologists.

Sunburns

Nobody goes to the beach with the intentions of getting a beet-red, painful-to-touch sunburn. But while you might be good at remembering to lather sunscreen onto your face, back, and shoulders, Dr Pruthi notices that “the feet always get the short end of the stick.”

So when you just dip your feet in the ocean and assume your lotion has stayed on, don’t forget to reapply. Don’t let your feet be on the receiving end of dangerous UV rays unprotected.

Normalcy

Although there can be some eyebrow-raising reasons why your feet are peeling, it’s not always a bad thing. “Naturally your body wants to slough off skin,” Dr Pruthi says. “So I always tell patients to get a pumice stone and just kind of in the shower rub your feet and get dead skin cells off so that it regenerates new skin.”

Source: Men’s Health