1. Dry skin
Dry feet and cracking skin are some of the most common feet problems. Most of the time, there is nothing to worry about – it only means that you are getting older.
However, if you take good care of your feet (by applying a moisturizer regularly, for example) and your skin condition does not improve whatsoever, it could be a sign of a more serious problem.
Dry, flaky skin on feet can be an indicator of thyroid problems. When your thyroid gland doesn’t produce a sufficient amount of hormones you start having some problems related to your metabolic rate, blood pressure, and nervous system.
This condition is called hypothyroidism and may not cause noticeable symptoms in its early stages. In fact, your feet might get dry and flaky before any other symptom appears.
That is why most pedologists refer their patients to their primary doctor to check their thyroid gland after successive failed attempts to improve the dryness of the feet.
A study published in 2012 concluded that more than 65% of the hypothyroidism patients analyzed presented dry skin issues.
A year later, a similar study analyzed another portion of hypothyroidism patients and concluded that 100% of them had rough and dry skin — more than a third of them presented visible skin issues on both their hands and feet.