Sweaty Feet

Most of us have suffered from foot perspiration and odour from time to time, yet for some people, sweaty feet (along with sweaty palms and armpits) are a persistent problem, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. For some people, this can affect their day-to-day life considerably and result in decreased social contact with others. But the condition is treatable.

There are more sweat glands per inch in our feet than anywhere else in the body. Their function is to keep the skin moist and supple and regulate temperature when the weather is hot, if you have an unnaturally high temperature or while exercising. They secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise, like elsewhere in the body.

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What causes the problem?

Sweaty feet (along with palms and armpits and the face/scalp) tend to be symmetrical. The exact cause is unknown but due mainly to overactive sweat glands. In some cases, the cause can be genetic.

Possible other causes include stress on the foot, sometimes caused by a structural problem, or because the foot is under strain or tired, for example when you have been standing on your feet all day.

How do I prevent it?

Following a simple daily foot hygiene routine is usually effective in dealing with sweaty feet.  This may include washing your feet with anti-bacterial soap, applying cream and/or using an absorbent foot powder and not wearing the same footwear every day but rotating what shoes you wear so they have a chance to dry out.

Wearing socks is also considered essential especially those that absorb moisture like wool, cotton or a wool/cotton mixture. In addition, detachable insoles (and medicated insoles that have a deodorising effect) are recommended as a lot of sweat is absorbed by insoles or the uppers of shoes.

In terms of footwear, well-fitting shoes made of leather, which allow your feet to breathe, are considered best.

What are the treatments?

For more serious cases where normal foot care is not effective and longer-term conditions, your doctor may refer you for Iontophoresis (electrical stimulation) and Botulinum toxin injections (botox).

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