What causes Sweaty Feet?
Perspiration is a natural anatomical phenomenon. It helps us in flushing out toxins from our body. But this natural process of secretion becomes a problem when in excessive, specially from our feet. Excessive sweating is also known as plantar hyperhidrosis. Doing any activity means that we are sweating all the time. In a normal environment the sweat evaporates quickly but under certain conditions and amongst certain people this sweat gets trapped within the glands. As a result it becomes a home for bacteria to grow. This bacteria produces a foul smell which almost all the time leaves us in an embarrassing situation.
Plantar hyperhidrosis, if not treated properly, can lead to other problems like itchiness, redness, fungal nail infection, athlete’s foot etc.
Causes for Excessive Sweating in the Feet:
1. Hereditary: It’s absolutely possible that some people are born with more sweat glands than others, which will cause them to sweat more compared to others.
2. Food and lifestyle: Toxins such as alcohol and food with oily substances like trans-fats can cause excessive sweating.
3. The nature and fabric of shoes and socks that we wear on a daily basis: Closed shoes and shoes made from rubber and plastic materials don’t let our feet to breathe. Similar is the case with socks made up of Nylon and others such polyesters.
Treatment Tips for Excessive Sweaty Feet:
1. Wash your feet every day with an anti-bacterial soap. Make sure you dry them properly with a soft towel or a hair dryer.
2. Use and antiperspirant roll-on a regular basis underneath your feet. These roll-ons are meant not only for your underarms but can be used in other parts of your body to prevent excessive sweating. It forms a thin layer and blocks the pores of the sweat glands.
3. Wear cotton socks as much as possible. Remember not to repeat them without washing. Natural fibers like cotton soak up the moisture.
4. Try to take your walks barefoot and allow your feet to breathe. Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day.
5. Soak your feet into a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water for 15 minutes every day. The ratio should be in half is to quarter.
6. Another fruitful method is to soak your feet in tea water. Dip about 10 tea bags into half a litre of water and then soak your feet for 15 minutes every day.
If the problem, persist even after all these remedies then talk to our professional podiatrist about your problem at HSMC. We can help you to reduce both sweating and foot odor.
Our contact details are below:
P.O. Box. 44548, 1st Floor Office #41 Office Tower,
BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi – UAE