5 Reasons Your Feet is Peeling

Five things that cause the skin to peel from the bottom of the feet
5 reasons your feet is peeling

The skin is the protective covering of the body and it might be thick or thin in different parts of the body. The skin on the sole of the feet and in the palms is thicker than other areas in the body. It is designed to handle rough surfaces. Due to its thickness, the skin at bottom of feet is also resistant to minor punctures and injuries as compared to other skin surfaces.

Due to its thickness, the skin at bottom of feet is also resistant to minor punctures and injuries as compared to other skin surfaces. However, the skin at the bottom of feet is also susceptible to get damaged. 

The most likely reason is a fungal infection, although this condition is more commonly associated with skin peeling and itching between the toes. Two other possible causes include having an illness with a fever, and a disorder called reactive arthritis.

Fungal infection

Fungal infection of feet is a very common skin problem. In medical term, it is called tinea pedis or Athlete's feet. It causes itching and peeling of skin. Usually, the condition is limited between and around the toe area. However, if it becomes chronic, fungal infection can extend throughout the sole area, from heel to end of toes. Itching may not be an accompanying symptom because the skin in this area is thick which does not get easily irritated.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot, technically known as tinea pedis, has acute symptoms of intense itchiness and peeling skin between and around the toes. A chronic form of this fungal infection also is possible, as explained by Framingham Podiatry, and has different symptoms. They include scaling, flaking and peeling skin on the bottom of the feet, which can extend from the heel to the toes. People commonly think this is just dry skin, particularly because it usually isn't itchy. To eliminate athlete's foot, wash your feet with soap and water twice a day, dry your feet completely and apply an over-the-counter antifungal spray or cream. See your doctor if the infection doesn't clear up within two weeks or if your feet become red or sore.


A high fever that causes sweating can lead to skin peeling on the bottom of the feet, according to Net Doctor. This occurrence can cause retention of sweat in the soles of the feet as well as on the palms of the hand, where the skin is thicker than elsewhere. You may see blister-like formations that later break down and slough away.

Reactive Arthritis


Reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter's syndrome, is a disorder that causes inflammation not only in the joints but also in the skin, mouth, eyes and urinary tract. It seems to involve an immune system reaction to a bacterial infection, as explained by Disabled World. A possible symptom includes tiny blisters developing on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. The blisters may lead to flaking and peeling skin, which might look similar to psoriasis.

Wearing Footwear Too Long

Foot skin often peels when you wear footwear for a long period of time. Sweat in your feet keeps the skin moist and damp for a long time. However, when it is exposed to air it becomes dry. If the condition persists continuously, foot skin may crack and peel.

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