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What Causes Skin to Peel From the Bottom of Feet?

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Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
What Causes Skin to Peel From the Bottom of Feet?
What Causes Skin to Peel From the Bottom of Feet?

Skin peeling from the bottom of the feet can result from a few different causes. 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.

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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 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.

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