Sweaty Feet

Definition

Sweaty Feet (or hyperhidrosis) is a common condition that leads to excessive sweating of the soles of the feet.

This condition can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable which can effect an individuals day to day lifestyle.

Cause

The exact cause of sweaty feet is unknown, however, is mainly due to overactive sweat glands.

There are over 250,000 sweat glands in each foot, with each foot producing half a pint of moisture per day. In most people sweat evaporates quickly, but in others the sweat may get trapped within the glands which allows bacteria to grow.


Some factors that can cause sweaty feet are:


  • Could be genetic
  • Too much stress on the feet
  • Tired feet- for example when standing on feet all day
  • Hot weather
  • Certain Footwear e.g plastic footwear can prevent sweat absorption
  • Nylon socks can also prevent sweat absorption
  • Increased toxicity levels can increase sweat levels in the feet.
  • Alcohol is a toxin so can increase sweat levels
  • Toxins are also found in food high in saturated
  • Reduced exercise can lead to a build up of toxins in the body.


Symptoms

  • Smelly Feet
  • Itchy Feet
  • Increased skin problems

Can also lead to:

  • Athletes Foot
  • Blisters
  • Toenail Fungas

Treatment

Having a good daily foot hygiene routine will help:

  • Washing feet daily with anti-bacterial soap
  • Dry feet throughly
  • Use antifungal foot spray or powder as needed
  • Change socks daily
  • Wear socks- especially those which help absorb moisture e.g wool, cotton, or a mixture helps
  • Wear medicated insoles to absorb sweat
  • Footwear- wear good fitting shoes made of leather to allow feet to breathe
  • Rotate shoes regularly to allow them to dry out

When to seek help from a Podiatrist

If you experience foot issues that won't resolve through self care see an HCPC registered Podiatrist