Sometimes, no amount of scratching can seem to take care of an itch. Maybe it’s a dry spot on your arm, or the spot where your shirt tag rubs against your back. What do you do for itchy feet? Scratching is rarely enough, and it’s inconvenient to scratch your feet constantly, anyway. That’s where some home remedies for foot itch are helpful.
Feet itch for a variety of reasons. Something you’re wearing may rub and irritate your skin, or you may be allergic to something in your footwear, detergent, or body soap. Feet that are either too sweaty or too dry can develop itchiness. Exposure to poison ivy or insect bites are possible culprits. So are medical conditions like athlete’s foot. Specific remedies may vary depending on what caused the original itch, but there are ways you can address the itching in your feet no matter the cause.
Here are a few remedies for foot itch that may help you:
Clean and dry skin – Wash grime, sweat, and potential irritants off your feet every day. Keep your feet from getting too sweaty, too.
Change your socks – If your socks are sweaty, or just plain bothering your feet, replace them with a different, clean, moisture-wicking pair.
Change your shoes – If your shoes are old and misshapen or have been damp recently, switch them for a newer, cleaner, or drier pair.
Apply baking soda paste – This home remedy is only a temporary fix. Make a paste with one tablespoon of baking soda mixed with two to three tablespoons of water. Spread the paste on your feet and let it dry. Then rinse the paste off and dry your skin.
Soak feet in saltwater – Another home remedy, this involves dissolving salt in a foot bath. Soak your feet for ten minutes, and repeat later if you need.
Moisturize – If your feet are dry, apply moisturizing ointment to sooth your skin.
Of course, if you have something like athlete’s foot or another medical condition, you need appropriate medication to eliminate the problem. That will alleviate the itching as well.
No one likes itchy feet! You don’t have to spend the day squirming in your shoes and trying to scratch your feet on the carpet. If you have persistent itchiness, let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help you find the right treatment. Contact us today for an appointment by calling (702) 839-2010.