Sweaty feet is a complaint known as Hyperhidrosis and has a lot to do with how the sweat glands in this part of the body work. With 250,000 sweat glands, feet do tend to sweat more than other parts of the body! With a daily hygiene routine, few people should suffer from the embarrassment that it may cause.
There are more sweat glands per inch in our feet than anywhere else in the body and their function is to keep the skin moist and therefore supple and regulate temperature when the weather is hot, if you have an unnaturally high temperature or while exercising. They secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise, like elsewhere in the body.
In some cases the cause of excessive sweating may be related to a condition affecting the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for temperature regulation. If there is a problem with the sympathetic nervous system the body may produce more sweat than is required for cooling down purposes, quite often these children will also have sweaty palms, as well as other areas of the body.
Sweaty feet have many causes, for example:
- Synthetic footwear and socks
Following a simple daily foot hygiene routine is usually effective in dealing with sweaty feet. This may include washing your feet with anti-bacterial soap, applying cream and/or using an absorbent foot powder and not wearing the same footwear everyday but rotating what you wear so shoes have a chance to dry out.
Wearing socks is also considered essential especially those that absorb moisture like wool, cotton or a wool/cotton mixture often helps. In addition, detachable insoles (and medicated insoles which have a deodorising effect) are recommended as a lot of sweat is absorbed by insoles or the uppers of shoes.
In terms of footwear, well-fitting shoes made of leather, which allow your feet to breathe, are considered best.
When to see a podiatrist? If you feel like the sweating of your feet is affecting your daily life make an appointment to see our podiatrists at the Stride Foot and Leg Clinic today.