My feet are so sweaty it’s embarrassing.
Jokes abound about smelly, sweaty feet, however, if you persistently have wet, uncomfortable feet you know it is no laughing matter. Sweating helps our bodies cool down, but if your feet sweat profusely in hot weather and cold, you may have Hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. In addition to being unpleasant and often embarrassing, sweaty feat can cause a host of other foot conditions including blisters, plantar warts and athlete’s foot.
If you are suffering from sweaty feet, here are some tips to help ease your discomfort and reduce the risk of developing sores, fungus and other skin conditions:
- Wash your feet thoroughly every day with anti-bacterial soap. Carefully pat them dry, making sure there is no moisture left between your toes. If you have trouble bending or reaching, dry them using a hair dryer on the low setting.
- Wear socks but choose them carefully. Steer clear of nylon and 100% cotton options as they tend to trap moisture against your skin. Instead select socks made from absorbent materials such as wool or cotton blends. If your socks get wet, change them.
- Look for shoes made from materials that let your feet breathe, such as leather. Avoid shoes made from rubber and other synthetic materials.
- Rotate your shoes each day and don’t wear them again until they are completely dry.
- Your Pedorthist can also recommend the best footwear for you and make sure it fits properly. A properly fit shoe, with a breathable upper and antimicrobial lining may be better suited for you.
Sweaty feet require extra care but they shouldn’t slow you down or make you feel uncomfortable taking off your shoes. Maintaining a daily foot care regime along with careful sock and footwear selection will make a significant difference.
By Mike Neugebauer C. Ped (C) Langley, BC