What exactly is it?
Most of us have experienced occasional foot perspiration and odor, but for some people, sweaty feet (along with sweaty palms and armpits) are a chronic problem that may be painful and embarrassing. This can have a big impact on some people's daily lives and result in less social contact with others. However, the illness is curable.
Our feet have more sweat glands per inch than any other part of the body. Their purpose is to keep the skin moist and supple, as well as to regulate temperature when the weather is hot, you have an abnormally high temperature, or you are exercising. They secrete all the time, rather than merely in response to heat or exertion, as in other parts of the body.
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is closely related to how the sweat glands in the feet function. With 250,000 sweat glands, feet sweat more than other areas of the body, but with a daily hygiene practice, most people should be able to avoid the embarrassment.
What is the source of the problem?
Sweaty feet, like sweaty hands, armpits, and the face/scalp, are symmetrical. The precise reason of sweaty feet is unknown, but it is thought to be due to overactive sweat glands. In certain circumstances, the root cause is genetic.
Other possible causes include stress on the foot caused by a structural condition or because the foot is under pressure or weary, such as after standing all day.
Is it a real issue?
Although warmer weather might exacerbate the problem, sweaty feet are a summer and winter issue, as well as an inherited condition. It is a long-term condition that may necessitate therapy over a long period of time.
Sweaty feet can cause Athlete's Foot or blisters in some circumstances.
How can I avoid it?
A simple daily foot hygiene practice is generally sufficient for dealing with sweaty feet. This could include:
- Using antibacterial soap to wash your feet
- Using a lotion and/or an absorbent foot powderWe
- Wearing DrLuigi medical footwear
- Wearing different shoes each day to allow them to dry out.
- Wearing socks is also necessary, especially ones that absorb moisture, such as wool, cotton, or a wool/cotton blend.
In terms of footwear, well-fitting leather shoes that enable your feet to breathe are preferred.
What are the available treatments?
Your doctor may send you for Iontophoresis (electrical stimulation) and Botulinum toxin injections in more extreme cases where routine foot care is ineffective and for longer-term disorders (botox).