Did you know you have over 125,000 sweat glands in your feet? We have all had sweaty feet before, but what if your feet are excessively sweaty all the time? If you find that your feet are sweaty almost all the time you may suffer from a condition known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is more common in men than women, and more common in younger patients. Around 3% of the US population suffer from hyperhidrosis, but less than 40% of them ever seek out clinical treatment.
Excessive sweat from the feet can easily cause foot odor and some patients sweat so much that they may slip around in their shoes. Foot infections can occur as well because when the foot is constantly wet, which causes the skin to break down, allowing for the foot to become more easily infected.
But there is some at home treatment options for patient who suffer with sweaty feet. If you have sweaty feet try some of these at tips:
Make sure to change out your shoes every day, don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. This will allow for the shoes to dry out fully before you wear them again, which should significantly cut down on the odor caused by hyperhidrosis and bacteria.
Take an extra pair of socks to work or school and change your socks in the middle of the day. Try to find socks which are designed to wick moisture away from the feet, such as wool. Cotton socks tend to hold on to a lot of moisture and wet socks can cause excessive rubbing and blisters, so try to avoid them.
Try applying an over the counter drying solution, such as Gold Bond™ or talc to keep the feet dry.
If these solutions don’t provide enough relief its a good idea to go see your podiatrist. They can prescribe more powerful drying medications that you can only get from the pharmacy.