Watch Out for Dry, Itchy Feet

Regardless of age, we all have experienced itchy and flaky skin especially when the weather gets chilly. Besides winter wind, other factors that can cause discomfort in our feet include dry indoor air, low humidity, and harsh soaps.

The skin on our feet is dry in nature compared to other parts of our body such as the face and the hands. This is because it has no oil glands and only solely relies on sweat glands to keep it moisturized. This can be one of the problems faced by people who don’t regularly moisturize their feet. Dry, itchy feet are more common in adults and in those who are diabetic as well. Cold weather especially during fall and winter is another factor that causes dry feet.

Symptoms of Dry Feet

Dryness of the feet may or may not have underlying causes. Usually, it is associated with other symptoms such as:

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Rough skin
  • Cracks or fissures
  • Flaky skin
  • Rashes

These symptoms worsen as the winter months approach.

 Complications of Dry Feet

Now, while you may think that having dry feet is harmless, think again.

The symptoms associated with dry feet may not cause alarm initially but they can develop into severe problems.

Apart from being painful, additional complications of dry feet can include:

  • Difficulty in walking
  • Development of skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis
  • Limitations in using your feet
  • Regular itchiness and burning sensation
  • Expensive treatment in cases when over-the-counter medicines no longer work

 Treatment of Dry Feet

Addressing the underlying causes of dry feet is the first step in treating it. However, if your dry feet are solely due to the cold weather, here are some things you can do to keep it soft and smooth:

 Take lukewarm showers and baths only
While taking hot baths and showers can feel divine and relaxing, it actually strips off your skin with its natural oils. Plus, it can also worsen the itchiness of your feet.
Lukewarm water helps retain the moisture of your skin including that of your feet.

Use gentle products for your feet
Scented foot lotions, creams or deodorants can be harsh and can strip off your skin’s essential oils. This is why you should use unscented foot products instead.

Hydrate yourself
Hydrating yourself from the inside is one of the best ways to deal with dry feet effectively. For optimal skin hydration, drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.

Hydrate your house
Dry indoor air also contributes to the drying of your feet. This is why you have to keep your home moist during winter. You can use a humidifier and add indoor plants.