Dark Feet

by Shaun Damon

Dark feet are a condition in which the skin around the feet, especially in the toes, turns darker in an abnormal way. Humans get their skin color from cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, and this, in turn, imparts color to all the parts of the human body. However, when the cells produce too much melanin, the skin becomes hyper pigmented. This may be one of the causes of dark skin in the feet.

Footwear can also cause dark feet. Shoes induce friction in the feet, which may lead to skin color change of that particular region. Dryness in the feet also results in darkening of the skin. Among the other causes are exposure to harsh sun rays, extreme weather conditions, pollution and medical conditions such as poor blood circulation, fungus infections, and diabetes. In case you have dark feet, consult your dermatologist without delay in order to know the exact cause.

Some of the symptoms that patients with dark feet may experience are tingling or any type of unusual sensation in the feet, pain or discomfort in the feet after activity, numbness in feet, and feeling of fatigue. The above signs and symptoms attribute to different underlying medical conditions of dark feet. Checking the symptoms effectively on time can help in identifying the right cause of the abnormal skin coloration. A dermatologist can suggest the appropriate methods or medications in order to lighten the skin of the feet.

Some of the home remedies to lighten the dark feet are as follows:

  • Always keep your feet moisturized. Make use of a good quality moisturizer.
  • Apply a mixture of sandalwood powder, tomato, lemon, and cucumber juice to the specific area of your feet regularly.
  • Apply potato juice before bath.
  • Apply a mixture of honey and lemon juice to the affected area.
Make sure you consult a well experienced dermatologist before trying out any home remedies on your own as none of these are scientifically proven methods. 
Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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