Most of us have suffered from foot perspiration and odour from time to time, yet for some people, sweaty feet are a persistent problem which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
What causes the problem?
Sweaty feet tends to be symmetrical. The exact cause is unknown but due mainly to overactive sweat glands. In some cases, the cause can be genetic. Other possible 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.
Is it serious?
Although hot weather can make matters worse, sweaty feet is both a summer and a winter problem as well as an inherited condition. It also tends to be a long-term condition which may require treatment over a sustained period of time. In some cases, sweaty feet can lead to athlete’s foot or blisters.
Who gets it?
In adolescents and people generally under 25, sweaty feet is probably caused by overactive sweat glands triggered by changing hormone levels in the body. As the sweat glands on the soles of the feet respond mostly to emotions, both mental and emotional stress is a common cause.
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 an using an absorbent foot powder and not wearing the same footwear everyday but rotating what you wear so shoes have a chance to dry out. 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 more longer term conditions, we may refer you for treatments.
- Keep your feet clean by washing them every day
- Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them
- Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers
- Change your socks daily to keep your feet fresh
- Wear flipflops in public areas such as showers and swimming pool
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