Foot Peeling: Causes And Preventive Measures

Foot peeling can be caused due to dry skin, sunburn, fungal infections, or skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis.

Sushmita Sharma
Written by: Sushmita SharmaUpdated at: Feb 25, 2023 12:30 IST
Foot Peeling: Causes And Preventive Measures

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Many people notice their feet peeling and often wonder why. Foot peeling can cause discomfort and be unsightly, especially for women who wear footwear that exposes their heels. While we stand, walk, and move around all day, our feet's skin endures a lot. It is common for dry skin to cause peeling feet, but other skin conditions such as eczema, hyperhidrosis, blisters, and athlete's foot can also cause peeling feet. 

Causes Of Foot Peeling

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections like athlete's foot are among the most common causes of foot peeling. It mostly occurs as a result of walking barefoot in public places like swimming pools and public baths. 

If the condition is mild, it can be treated using antifungal creams. However, you should visit a dermatologist if your condition worsens. 

Dry Skin

Most people complain of peeling feet during winter. Ever wondered why? This is because your skin is naturally dry in the cold season. Dry skin causes your feet to peel and may lead to cracked, scaly, and rough foot surfaces. Dry skin may even indicate an underlying health condition like diabetes, kidney disease, or thyroid disease.

You should keep your feet moisturised and opt for one that contains urea, lactic acid, or ceramides. 


Your feet may turn red, dry, and uncomfortable if you have eczema, a persistent inflammatory skin condition. Its symptoms include dry, cracked, and itchy skin, infections, and rashes. 

You should visit a dermatologist if you suffer from eczema to avoid health complications. 

Also Read: Dealing With Facial Eczema? Here Is How To Treat It At Home


You may get sunburn if you forget to apply sunscreen and rest your feet being exposed to the sun. You may develop redness, soreness, and tenderness on your feet, along with peeling feet. 

Keep yourself hydrated, avoid sun exposure, and keep your feet cool to heal the condition. You can even apply aloe vera gel to get relief.


Psoriasis is a life-long skin condition that causes raised, red patches covered in silvery scales. There are usually no other physical symptoms associated with these patches, although they may hurt or itch.

Do not ignore this skin condition; visit a skin expert immediately for proper treatment. 

Also Read: Psoriasis: Expert Explains Symptoms, Complications, And Treatment Options


Hyperhidrosis is a genetic disorder which results in excessive sweating. It is brought on by overactive sympathetic nerves, which are responsible for your fight-or-flight reaction. Your feet develop fungus because of moisture and darkness, making your skin itch and peel.

Tips To Prevent Peeling Foot

  • You should avoid taking hot showers as they irritate and dry your skin.
  • Keep your feet moisturised and warm. 
  • You should avoid using harsh soaps on your feet. In addition, be gentle while exfoliating or using salt scrubs to remove dead skin cells.
  • Wear shoes that fit you well to avoid skin peeling on your toes. Do not walk barefoot, as it may lead to cracking and skin peeling.

When To Visit A Doctor

Peeling feet usually is not a cause of concern; however, if you notice any of these symptoms, visit a doctor immediately.

  • If the the condition does not improve and persist for a long time
  • If you have numbness or pain in your feet
  • If you have trouble walking or moving your foot
  • If you suspect skin ailments like psoriasis or eczema