4 Causes of Itchy Feet

causes of itchy feet

Persistent itchy feet, accompanied by swelling, pain, and skin changes, might require the attention of a healthcare expert. A Horizon Foot & Ankle Institute podiatrist can diagnose the cause and recommend foot pain treatment to manage the itching. Here are four potential causes of itchy feet:

1. Fungal Infections

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection that causes itching, redness, and peeling of the skin on the feet. Fungi flourish in warm, moist environments and are highly contagious. Some individuals with athlete’s foot may develop tiny fluid-filled blisters that can be itchy and painful.

Mild athlete foot cases can often be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams or sprays. If the infection is severe, our podiatrists at Horizon Foot & Ankle Institute can prescribe stronger antifungal medications, either topical or oral. Our professionals may also advise you to change socks regularly and avoid wearing damp or sweaty shoes for prolonged periods.

2. Allergic Reactions

Common allergens that can affect your feet include footwear fabrics, detergents, and skincare products. When you get an allergic reaction, a rash may develop, characterized by small, raised bumps, blisters, or hives. Some individuals may experience a burning or stinging sensation along with itching.

Our podiatrists can identify the allergen and recommend appropriate foot pain treatment. They can prescribe topical corticosteroid creams to control the inflammation and itching. Over-the-counter antihistamines may help relieve itching and discomfort.

3. Eczema

Eczema is a chronic skin condition with symptoms such as inflammation, itching, and redness. This skin issue can also lead to dry, scaly, and sometimes oozing or crusting patches. Eczema triggers may include allergens, irritants, stress, weather changes, and certain foods.

A qualified podiatrist from Horizon Foot & Ankle Institute can diagnose eczema, determine its specific type, and provide a personalized treatment plan. The expert can prescribe systemic medications or biologics to manage the condition. Cool, damp compresses to the itchy and inflamed areas of your feet can relieve itching and discomfort. Our professional foot doctors may also suggest breathable footwear and cotton socks to reduce irritation and keep your feet dry.

4. Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can affect the peripheral nerves, leading to pain, tingling, numbness, and unusual sensations. Diabetes, alcohol abuse, certain medications, infections, and autoimmune diseases can contribute to nerve damage, causing itchy feet. Diabetic neuropathy can contribute to persistent itching and sensitivity.

Pain management techniques, such as physical therapy, topical treatments, and nerve blocks, can help reduce pain and discomfort. Our team can also offer foot care services to individuals with diabetic neuropathy. Treatment may include wound debridement, dressings, and the use of specialized wound care products to manage itching and pain.

Find Qualified Podiatrists for Foot Pain Treatment

If you have constant itchy feet, the cause could be neuropathy, allergies, fungal infections, eczema, or another issue not mentioned here. Our qualified team can diagnose the cause of the itching and create a personalized treatment plan to manage the symptoms. Horizon Foot & Ankle Institute can also provide advice on preventing future occurrences of itchy feet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for foot treatment.