Itchy feet often cause people to see the services of a foot doctor in Chicago. At Mitchell Foot & Ankle, we know many kinds of stresses and conditions—some minor, some more serious—can contribute to the misery of itchy feet. Here are some common causes.
Dry skin is a common condition for feet, which don’t have any oil glands. It’s associated with aging as well as a diet deficient in vitamins and essential fatty acids. Dryness tends to worsen in winter, requiring the use of creams and lotion to prevent itching and skin cracking.
Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungal infection. It can occur as a widespread rash on the sole of the foot or a localized rash between the toes. A more acute type causes a red, inflamed rash with blisters.
Usually characterized by very dry, itchy skin, this condition can appear in many areas of the body, including the feet. The cause is not clear, but a combination of environmental and genetic factors may be involved.
This condition occurs when your immune system begins attacking healthy cells, producing sore, scaly red skin.
Simple skin allergies, caused by contact with substances such as latex or pollen, can cause itchiness.
Dysfunction of peripheral nerves in the foot can cause itching, burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet. Uncontrolled diabetes is one of the common causes of this condition. A recent study found that almost 60% of individuals with diabetes are prone to some sort of nerve damage that can lead to neuropathy.
If you’re persistently bothered by itchy feet and need the care of a foot doctor in Chicago, please contact Mitchell Foot & Ankle today to schedule your initial consultation.