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Dry skin can be a symptom or a result of another underlying problem, such as athlete’s foot, hard skin and corns, cracked heels, psoriasis, dermatitis, or eczema [1]. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes [2] and underactive thyroid, can also cause the skin on the feet to become dry. In some cases, the shoes you wear can cause your skin to become dry, or it may occur as a result of ageing [1].

What causes it?

The skin on the feet becomes dry.

What is it?

Dry skin on heels of both feet

What are the symptoms?

  • Rehydration of the skin – at Open Podiatry your skin will be assessed and any skin conditions will be diagnosed and treated appropriately. We will gently rehydrate the skin with the most appropriate topical treatment for you and advise on how to continue a suitable foot health regime at home [2].

  • Footwear assessment and advice – we will assess your shoes and make sure you are wearing the best type of footwear to prevent dry skin from recurring.

What podiatry treatments are available?

Dry skin on the feet may start to peel or flake off. It may become very hard and crack. Depending on the cause, you might also find that it gets itchy or sore [1].


1.     Morse, J. (2014) A guide to dry skin disorders in the lower extremity. Podiatry Today, 27 (1).

2.     Bristow, Ivan (2013) Emollients in the care of the diabetic foot The Diabetic Foot, 16, (2), pp. 63-66.

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