Many things can lead to dry feet. Environmental factors are often to blame—this means it’s a result of temporary or changeable lifestyle or behavioral choices. Exposure to low-humidity indoor heat, footwear that doesn’t allow your feet to breathe, and taking very long and/or very hot showers or baths are just a few common possibilities.
Underlying medical causes could also play a role. Dry skin is a common complaint for those who are living with diabetes; elevated levels of glucose in the blood stream saps moisture from other tissues in the body, including the skin. Other conditions that can lead to these symptoms include psoriasis and hypothyroidism.
If dry feet is causing you pain and discomfort, with cracking, rashes, flaking, or other painful or embarrassing problems, call Family Foot and Ankle Center. You can reach us by dialing (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572. You can also schedule an appointment online.