Why Do My Feet Sweat So Much

Sweaty feet after exercise or when feeling nervous are perfectly normal. Sweat-soaked socks from no apparent cause? No thanks. However, nearly 5% of people sweat excessively; many accept it as part of life.

But we don’t think you should. 

Dr Kelly Geoghan is an expert podiatrist who specializes in treating various foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, bunions and chronically sweaty feet. In this blog post, we examine why feet sweat so often and how they can be treated effectively.

What’s Behind Your Sweaty Feet

Sweat can benefit your body; it is a natural cooling and moisturizing system, but too much sweating may become problematic. An excessively sweaty feet condition known as plantar hyperhidrosis occurs when an individual produces more sweat than necessary or expected by their body.

Your sweat glands should only be on when necessary; otherwise, you could face various foot-related problems, ranging from soggy socks to athlete’s foot and nail fungus.

Finding out the exact cause of sweaty feet can be challenging. Sometimes, there’s a hereditary link; other times, excessive sweating could be related to an underlying medical condition or simply an idiopathic (no identifiable source) condition.

Plantar hyperhidrosis may also include excessive sweating on the palms. Genetic syndromes may be to blame.

Dr. Geoghan offers effective treatments to address sweaty feet.

Treating Your Sweaty Feet 

Start your journey toward healthier feet with Dr Geoghan in mind – she takes time to get to know your medical history, symptoms and treatment goals before suggesting the most suitable course of action for you.

She often recommends injectable treatments to stop sweat glands from producing too much sweat while providing strategies to avoid sweaty feet and their potential complications – this may include the following.

Daily Foot Washing

If your feet are sweaty, they’re wet – particularly between your toes. Moist skin can incubate bacteria and fungal infections, so you must clean them daily.

Soak your feet in warm water mixed with some baking soda to thoroughly cleanse and disinfect them and eliminate bacteria build-up.

Drying Agents

One of the best solutions for sweaty feet is using antiperspirants and antifungal powders to keep them dry and potentially stop sweating from starting in the first place. Cornstarch can be an effective drying agent, but we can advise you about over-the-counter powders that work just as effectively.

Sweat-Friendly Footwear

Appropriate socks and shoes can help relieve sweaty feet. Choose socks made of natural fibres like wool or cotton for optimal results, as these materials breathe better than nylon and dry quickly. In addition, opt for canvas or leather shoes with air vents – as this provides even more ventilation for sweaty feet!

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