Did you know that your feet sweat more than any other part of your body? There are more sweat glands in the feet than in the rest of the body, and this is because the feet are essential to exercising, so they sweat more to regulate temperature and keep skin moist and supple while you are active.
Sweat that builds up in the socks and shoes can make the feet damp and lead to fungal conditions such as Athlete’s foot. It is very important to wash and dry feet well on a daily basis, and to change shoes and socks regularly. Try not to wear the same shoes every day, but alternate to ensure that bacteria do not have a chance to cause problems for your feet.
Excessive Foot Sweating:
Excessive sweating in the palms and feet is occasionally due to a condition known as palmoplantar hyperhidrosis, and this can be very upsetting for sufferers. If you think that you have a problem with excessive sweating, you should see your doctor to rule out this condition. Symptoms include:
- Sweating in all seasons. If your feet sweat all year round, not just when the weather is hot or they are enclosed in boots or slippers, you may need to consider hyperhidrosis.
- Excessive sweating. If you have the condition known as excessive sweating, you may experience sweaty feet that slip around in shoes due to the amount of moisture that builds up. This is highly uncomfortable, and can interfere with daily activities.
- Pale feet. Feet that sweat too much may look paler, or have a white hue, or a wet appearance. This can be embarrassing, and is another symptom worth mentioning to your doctor.
- Foot odour. Foot infections are much more common in people with hyperhidrosis, since excessive sweating can break down layers of skin and encourage infection in the feet.
- Anxiety. Excessive sweating can be a big social problem, and if you are avoiding social situations due to worries of this nature, you should talk to your doctor about this.
A daily routine of washing with antibacterial soap and using anti fungal powders can help to reduce excessive sweating, as can wearing wicking socks and good, breathable footwear. Topical medications and oral treatments may be considered, and surgery may be an option in extreme cases.
Wear Good Shoes to Prevent Foot Pain
Here at Foot Solutions, we know that good shoes are the best way to prevent foot pain and damage, and we can help you to find the best options for your lifestyle. We have a stylish range of footwear for work, leisure and training, and we can advise you on how to relieve existing foot conditions and prevent problems arising in the future.