MD Podiatrist Discusses Etiology of Peeling Skin on the Feet

A common foot ailment is peeling skin. Dan Michaels, DPM, explains “Peeling feet is definitely common, and there are various reasons why. We’re on our feet all the time and the constant pounding and walking can cause cracking and scaling of the skin.”
Additionally, workouts that leave the feet exposed could cause peeling. Dr. Michaels says “anything you’re doing barefoot, or if you’re sharing mats, or if you’re doing hot yoga in a moist environment.” Together, moisture and bare feet can lead to infections such as athlete’s foot, a condition that causes scaly, peeling skin.