Causes of Dry Feet 

No. 09


Mia P.

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Extreme dry skin is known as a skin condition called xerosis, and your feet can have this condition as well. The symptoms include itching, cracked skin, redness, cracked heels, and peeling skin. When you have this skin condition, a part of your feet will appear to be lighter in color than the rest of your foot and it feels rough to touch.  

The heels and the soles are the parts of your feet that are most prone to roughness because they are constantly rubbing against the floor. When your feet are rubbing against the floor consistently, it will make the condition worse. If your dry feet become worse, you will eventually feel uncomfortable when you’re walking, and in severe cases, it can be accompanied by pain and irritation. 

Typical Cause 

1. Aging 

Aging and imbalanced hormones (e.g. menopause) can cause skin to lose elasticity 

2. Climate and weather 

Living in an area with a dry climate is one of the reasons why it is difficult to keep the skin hydrated. In addition, the use of air conditioners or heaters lowers the humidity in the air and strips away the natural moisture of the skin. The winter weather also causes damage to the skin. 

3. Skin type 

Atopic dermatitis and psoriasis can cause skin to become dry and rough. 

4. Chlorine 

Swimming or bathing in chlorinated water causes the skin to lose moisture. 

5. Potential health concerns 

People with diabetes tend to experience dry feet. This can further increase the risk of infection. A low blood supply can deprive skin cells of moisture. If you suffer from diabetes and rough, dry feet, we recommend that you seek advice from a healthcare professional. 

There are various reasons for the cause of dry feet even if it’s not listed in this article. However, we recommend assessing all the potential causes listed in this article on whether they may pertain to you. In addition, consult a healthcare professional about the issue of dry feet as needed.