Harrison Podiatry

Sweaty Feet

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.

Excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis, is due to a mal-function in the sweat glands in the body. There are more sweat glands in the feet than anywhere else on our bodies. Their function is to keep the skin of your feet supple and moist. They secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise, as sweat glands do elsewhere on the body.

Sweaty feet can be caused by stress on the foot. This may be due to a structural problem, or because the foot is under strain or tired, for example, when you have been standing on your feet all day.

In adolescents, sweaty feet are probably caused by overactive sweat glands being triggered by changing hormonal levels in the body. Mental and emotional stress is also a common cause of sweaty feet.

What To Do

Simple hygiene is usually effective in dealing with sweaty feet. As part of your daily routine, you should:

Wash your feet in the morning and evening in warm, soapy water. Avoid very hot water which will make your feet sweat more.

After washing, dip your feet in cold water.

Dry your feet thoroughly with a rough towel.

Lightly dust your feet with baby powder.

Change your socks and stockings at least once a day.

Expose your feet as much as possible to fresh air and in summer, wear sandals when possible.

Try not to worry, because this will make you sweat more.

Socks which absorb moisture well, like wool or cotton will also help.

In severe cases, your Podiatrist or Pharmacist can supply Odaban spray, which, when applied nightly, will dry up your sweat glands and stop any smell from your feet.