All sorts of things can go wrong with the feet from diabetes and this includes peeling of the skin.

You probably already know that diabetes often causes neuropathy (nerve damage), which results in the inability to feel pain in the foot.

A blister, deep cut or ulcer can go unnoticed if you never visually examine your feet, due to not being able to feel the pain of these conditions.

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Diabetes can cause situations involving the skin of the feet, which is why diabetics – and those who have not been diagnosed with this disease – should inspect their feet on a regular basis, including the soles.

Many people rarely examine their feet – which should be examined at least monthly for skin cancer if not for anything else.

Why do so many people neglect to inspect this portion of their body on a regular basis?

Is it because it’s rarely seen in day to day living, as opposed to the face, nose and hands? It’s anybody’s guess.

One of the issues that diabetes can cause is dry skin affecting the feet. This very dry skin may crack and peel. So yes, diabetes can cause the skin on the feet to peel.

But if you notice the skin on your feet peeling, and you have not been diagnosed with diabetes and don’t have concerning symptoms such as red bumps on your feet, tingling and numbness in them or in your lower legs, unexplained weight loss and undue fatigue, there is no reason to panic over your discovery.

When diabetes causes peeling skin on the feet, it’s because the neuropathy has dismantled the nerves that control oil and moisture production.

Benign Causes of Peeling Skin on the Feet

• Athlete’s foot (fungal infection)
• Dry skin (from dry or hot weather)
• Eczema
• Natural exfoliation (sloughing of dead skin cells)
• Shoes with a rubber toe box
• Sunburn

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