Here’s a fun fact: Your feet put out more than 1⁄2 cup of sweat on an average day! How, you ask? Through the 125,000 sweat glands we have on each foot. Though potentially less painful than some other foot health problems out there, sweaty feet (aka hyperhidrosis) is not exactly what we call pleasant. It can lead to blisters, discomfort, and of course, the ever-dreaded smelly feet! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to combat and prevent this common problem. Here’s our quick guide to the top 5 ways to keep your feet from sweating excessively:
- Socks! Correct socks are the key to stopping the sweat. Many socks now have special properties that wick moisture away from your feet and prevent bacteria from growing. Added bonus: They will also eliminate that slushing sound that happens when you take a step.
- Rotate your footwear. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes every day, as shoes don't dry out overnight. Remember: we’re dealing with ½ cup per day.
- Choose your shoes carefully. Look for well-fitting shoes made of leather or athletic shoes made of nylon mesh. Give your poor feet a chance to breathe, people!
- Hygiene. Wash your feet in the morning and evening with warm (not hot) soapy water and in case of odor, use an anti-bacterial soap. After washing, dip your feet in cold water (unless you have a circulatory condition, in which case, skip this step). Then, dry your feet with a towel and finish it off with the application of an astringent like surgical spirit, and then lightly dust with talcum powder. Voila! Clean feet!
- If all else fails, see a podiatrist. Believe it or not, sweaty feet is a real problem and they can help you fix it! You can get prescription strength antiperspirants for your feet, among other available treatments.
To learn more about the causes of sweaty feet as well as more tips and tricks to deal with this problem, Check out http://www.shoesnfeet.com/foot-pain/sweaty-feet-hyperhydrosis or stop in to you local SHOES-n-FEET location. We’d be more than happy to help!