Do you find yourself suffering from sweaty feet on a daily basis? You might have a condition known as hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. One sign of this condition is if your feet are constantly wet inside your shoes, or smelly. This can cause bacteria to fester and break down the skin allowing the Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis) to be much greater than with normal, dry feet. The good news is there are different treatment options available.
Try these following tips and see if the sweating decreases:
- Wash feet daily with antibacterial soap
- Dry feet and apply foot powder, baby powder or corn starch
- Avoid wearing 100% cotton socks. Wear socks that breathe, such as synthetic blend socks. 100% cotton traps moisture whereas a synthetic blend will allow your feet to breathe.
- Change socks during the day. Keep an extra pair at work, in your car or at school.
- Soak your feet in caffeinated tea. The tannins and caffeine in tea can help prevent the sweat glands from producing too much sweat.
- Take your socks off when at home to let your feet air out.
- Apply an antiperspirant to the bottom of your feet after you wash and thoroughly dry them.
- Rotate your shoes, and give them a chance to air out.
- If possible wash your shoes to keep out bacteria.
The more extreme treatment options include prescription roll on antiperspirants, botox injections (only temporary and last about 6-9 months), and a surgical procedure known as sympathectomy (this inhibits the nerve signals in the body that tell the body to sweat excessively.)
If none of these seem to be working it might be time to see your local podiatrist for more help. If you are in the Southern Oregon area make sure to contact Dr. Evan Merrill. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, we understand your foot health needs. Make an appointment by calling 541-776-3338, or request an appointment online.