Itchy Feet

Feet | Dermatology | Itchy Feet (Symptom)


The itchy foot is a tingling sensation, irritation accompanied by the persistent need to scratch the foot. Redness, pain, swelling, scabbing and scarring can occur in the area of itching. The medical term for itching is pruritus. While scratching may temporarily relieve symptoms, it can cause irritation or cause an infection.


The causes of itching of the foot are numerous and may include insect bites, allergies, infections and trauma. When the wounds are healing often begin to itch, which is a sign of improvement.

Chickenpox, a common childhood disease, is accompanied by red, blisters and intense itching. Eczema, contact dermatitis, scabies and pinworms are other causes of itching. Athletes foot, a fungal infection known scientifically as tinea pedis, is a common source of ringworm of the foot. It causes a scaly, dry, which is transmitted from person to person. The infection is often acquired by walking barefoot on the floor in the swimming pools and locker rooms. People who have diabetes or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are particularly prone to athletes foot and other fungal infections. Frequent use of antibiotics can also predispose to the development of fungal infections.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Home remedies for itchy feet include applying white vinegar to the feet. This will kill any fungus that is starting to develop. Applying hydrogen peroxide is another possible remedy. For either of these techniques, one part vinegar to five parts water or one part peroxide to five parts water should be used. Sprinkling cornstarch or talcum powder on your feet will eliminate moisture.