Why Are My Feet So Dry

Did you know that the skin on our feet is quite unlike the skin on the rest of our bodies? Yes, the skin on our feet is much drier than what you would find on, say your hands or face. Since this skin is naturally dry, it is not uncommon for people to ask, “why are my feet so dry?”

This natural dryness can be very problematic for people who do not take very good care of their feet by moisturizing them. It is also particularly bothersome for people who have different medical conditions such as diabetes or even athlete’s foot. The severity of this dryness can range from something mild and manageable, to temporary dry skin, and in the worst cases, severely dry skin that brings with it a host of other problems.

Why are my feet so dry?

The lack of moisture in your skin that causes dry feet can be brought about by quite a wide range of factors, the most common of which include:

  • Using excessively hot water when you take a shower or bath
  • When you suffer from skin conditions that dry up the skin, such as eczema, athlete’s foot and psoriasis
  • Using non-moisturizing soaps
  • Medical conditions such as thyroid disease and diabetes
  • Aging—As the years go by, we naturally lose more moisture in our skin
  • Spending long periods of time in the sun
  • Spending a lot of time in rooms with low humidity

These are just some of the most common reasons why you might have dry feet. The biggest factor, however, is that many of us tend to forget to moisturize our feet.

It is easy to pay attention to easily visible places like your face, arms, and legs, but the soles of our feet often get a raw deal. Also, we don’t really see that our lotions are put to great use when we apply them on the soles of our feet. Always seems like such a waste, doesn’t it?

What sort of complications could I develop from dry feet?

It doesn’t matter whether the dryness of your feet is mild or severe, if it goes untreated, it could lead to additional complications that may become more of a medical emergency with time. In most of us, the symptoms are usually quite mild and manageable at first. But then as time passes, the symptoms become more severe and even painful.

For example, if the dryness of your feet is located around the heels, this can then cause cracks on the heels. As time passes, the severity of the dryness compounds and these cracks deepen. The deeper they get, the more painful it becomes to walk, and these cracks may even begin to bleed. That’s just one example. Other complications may include:

  • Daily itching and burning sensation on your feet
  • Difficulty walking due to the deep cracks that might bleed
  • Other skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis
  • More expensive treatment due to the extent of the damage caused as a result of prolonged negligence
  • You might also need to stay off your feet, which might limit your movement

These complications can greatly affect the quality of your life. That is why you should treat, or better yet, prevent the onset of dry feet before you reach these levels of concern.

How can I prevent dry feet?

There are quite a number of options when it comes to preventing dry feet. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Seeing a doctor about the root cause of your dry feet
  • Wearing shoes that give your feet some breathing room
  • Ensuring that your feet are completely dry before wearing socks
  • Do not shower or take bubble baths with extremely hot water
  • Avoid steam baths and saunas
  • If you have to use a heater in your house, combine it with a humidifier to ensure that the moisture in the air is not completely depleted
  • Try not to drink alcohol or caffeine, or use products that contain them; these worsen the itchy feeling that comes with dry feet
  • Always moisturize after your feet come into contact with water

However, if the symptoms persist or get even worse, it might be time to look for a medical solution. This involves talking to a doctor and avoiding over the counter self-medicated treatments.

As you can see, one of the main reasons why your feet are so dry is because you hardly take the time to moisturize them. This is something that most of us neglect to do and for the most part, we get away with it. But once you begin to realize that your feet are developing cracks or are getting rough and itchy, then maybe it is time to pay close attention to how you treat them.

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