What are black spots on feet?

When it comes to being fabulous, your feet must not be left behind! Everyone loves a good pedicure, but sometimes those gorgeous pinkies may start sporting some unwanted guests in the form of black spots. But fret not, we’ve got you covered with all the information you need about these pesky dark marks.

The basics

Black spots on feet happen when there is an accumulation of melanin (the pigment responsible for skin color) or blood under the skin. They can appear anywhere on the foot, from toes to heels and even soles. In most cases, they are harmless and go away naturally without any treatment.


There are several reasons why someone might develop black spots on their feet including:

  • Injury
  • Sun damage
  • Genetic factors
  • Improper footwear
  • Fungal infections

It’s always best to have them checked out by a doctor if they persist or change in appearance over time.

Fungal infections

Fungal infections such as Athlete’s foot can cause dark patches or discoloration on the skin. These type of fungi thrive in warm and moist environments like between your toes (eww). Keep your lovely little piggies healthy by keeping them dry after showering or sweating (beware gym-goers!) Also avoid walking barefoot in public areas such as swimming pools & locker rooms – gross!


While most black sports eventually disappear without treatment, some people may want to hasten their disappearance due to cosmetic concerns. Some effective treatments include:

  1. Over-the-counter creams: Certain topical creams containing hydroquinone and glycolic acid have been shown effective against hyperpigmentation.
  2. Laser therapy: This non-invasive procedure uses laser light technology which removes layers of abnormal tissue.
  3. Cryotherapy: A freezing technique that destroys damaged tissue using liquid nitrogen.

Keep in mind that treatments vary depending on the person and underlying cause of black spots, so make sure to consult with a dermatologist before starting any treatment.

Home remedies

Looking for some natural DIY remedies? Here are three you can try:

  • Lemon juice: A natural bleaching agent which can help diminish dark discoloration. Apply lemon juice onto your feet, leave it for about 10 minutes before rinsing off. Citric acid may irritate your skin if overused.
  • Baking soda & water: Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water until you create a paste-like substance. Apply this mixture daily onto the affected area -this helps exfoliate dead skin cells thus reducing appearance of black spots
  • Tea tree oil: This essential oil contains anti-inflammatory properties commonly used to treat foot fungal infections including toenail fungus or Athlete’s foot. Dilute this oil with carrier oil (almond, olive).

Of course, while these home remedies might not cure them completely; they’re still definitely worth a shot! Heck, who wouldn’t love an excuse to relax and have some self-care?


While there is no guarantee that these hacks will prevent black spots from making an appearance ever again,you can always take steps towards prevention such as:

  1. Wearing SPF sunscreen on top of feet exposed during sandal season (Yes, please do expand the sunblock application beyond nose)
  2. Always wearing socks when outdoors.
    3.Wearing splash proof flip-flops/shower shoes when showering at public places
    4.Frequently changing out sweaty socks and footwear throughout the day

Your dogs deserve pampering too! It’s never too late nor early to start taking care of those feet or deal with shameful past neglectance.


Black sports on feet aren’t uncommon but also shouldn’t be ignored-espeically if bothering us in ways preventing our delightful foot spa trips. Learn to appreciate damage-free feet or even flaunt some Ayurveda traditional henna artwork on that glorious angelic form!

Healthy life adventuring cheers and hooves up!

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