If your feet sweat more than average, you likely have hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) or bromhidrosis (excessive smell), and it’s not fun. Hyperhidrosis is the cause of emotional stress and worries for many people, especially about embarrassing foot odor.
Hyperhidrosis may be inherited, and people who sweat excessively seem to have a different “set point” than other people. Most people sweat when it’s hot out or when they become warm. If you have hyperhidrosis, your feet sweat excessively almost all the time.
Besides being unpleasant, excessive sweating can break down the skin of your feet and result in dampness, warmth, and a closed environment – the perfect setting for bacterial and fungal infections to form.
And, although it’s counterintuitive, excessive dampness can also cause extremely dry skin.
Always cleanse and dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes. And, alternate your shoes and let each pair dry for an entire day.
There are some excellent and very effective over-the-counter products available formulated especially for foot sweating and odor.
Antiperspirants: High-quality antiperspirants, explicitly formulated for feet, are very effective and will not dry out your skin.
Special Socks: Special socks with have silver or copper fibers embedded in the soles can be a big help for sweaty feet.
Shoe Sanitizer: It’s important to treat your feet, but don’t forget to treat your shoes, too. Tyr a high-quality sanitizer, shoe spray, or powder to minimize odor.
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If over-the-counter products don’t work after two weeks of use, please make an appointment with Dr. Baldinger for an evaluation. You may need prescription strength medication.
Here’s To No More Sweaty, Smelly Feet!