“I’ve started running on the treadmill at my gym recently and am finding that a lot of skin is peeling from the soles of my feet. This has now become pretty painful and is upsetting my exercise regime.
What can I do to stop this?”
There are basically 2 reasons for this but normally it’s a combination of both.
Fungal infection- athletes foot loves warm sweaty environments causing softening of the skin and peeling. This is typically more
irritating than annoying and easily treated with non prescription creams.
Skin shear- normally causes hard skin or blisters and is not normally problematic but can, when severe or combined with a moist environment result in large slabs of skin separating from the bottom surface of the foot normally at the heel or under the ball of the foot, especially the big toe. This can be seriously painful as the exposed skin/tissue is extremely raw.
Skin shear and hard skin / callus development is a sign that foot movement is excessive and that the foot pressures are unusual. Good fitted Orthotic insoles will resolve this.
Check shoe fit, look for skin peeling between the toes. Change socks regularly to keep feet dry.
Contact me if you would like an appt to discuss further.