Why do my feet sweat so much? Know the answer
Sweaty feet aren’t fun. They are an all year problem and are normally attributed for smelly feet. Before we go any further we need to know that men are more likely to have sweaty feet than women. Excessive sweating of the feet is normally considered to be a condition.
The name given to this condition is hyperhidrosis. People with this condition normally also find themselves having excessive sweaty palms as well. Sweaty feet can definitely be a problem and can lead to or exacerbate problems such as athlete’s foot and many other skin conditions.
With all that said, sweating is natural and it’s a natural way for our body to cool off. It’s only when it gets excessive that it becomes a problem. On that note, let’s see why our feet sweat so much?
Why do my feet sweat a lot?
As said earlier, sweating is normal, it’s only an issue when it gets excessive. There are many reasons as to why our feet sweat a lot. One of them is genetics. You see sweaty foot is a hereditary problem. If either one of your mom or dad’s has it, then there is a chance that you will have it as well. In that case, it can be harder to get rid of.
In this case, the focus is maintenance and prevention rather than anything else. With that said, you can know whether your case is hereditary based on what causes your feet to get sweaty. If your feet just excessively sweat without any form of physical exertion (exercise) or warm temperatures, then it is most likely hereditary.
Toxicity levels could also lead to sweaty feet. Consuming too much alcohol and foods in high saturated fats could have adverse health effects, sweaty feet being one of them. This is more so the case for those that do not exercise at all. Some other causes of sweaty feet are fever/illness/infection, fabrics or dye in socks and nervousness.
The fabrics (such as nylon or 100% cotton socks) sometimes act like a sponge which sucks the moisture in. This leaves your feet sweaty all the time and thus your feet stay wet at all times. Another important reason for sweaty feet is hormonal changes. This does not affect many as teens and pregnant women are the ones that normally have a huge hormonal change. These changes could make one sweat more and thus have sweaty feet.
Some symptoms to consider
Of course, we’re talking about the condition, hyperhidrosis in this scenario. The most common and obvious symptom is off your feet sweat excessively (as the name implies). You can tell that you have sweaty feet if you experience symptoms such as smelly feet, an increase in skin problems, itchy feet, toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and clamminess. Smelly feet are normally as a result of sweaty feet. If your feet stink too often, then there is a likely chance that you have this condition.
How to treat it
The way to treat sweaty feet can be classified as prevention measures as well in some way. The best way to deal with it would be to have a change in footwear, both shoes, and socks. There might also be a need for the use of over the counter, hygiene products such as foot powders and the like.
If you’re suffering from anxiety caused by your sweaty feet, then a podiatrist is well placed to help you. They’d normally recommend the same thing recommended above, bar severe cases. In such cases, topical medications can be administered to help treat the problem. In addition, the use of Botox could be employed.
Botox works by cutting the signals sent to your sweat glands from your nerves. This reduces the amount of sweat leaving you with dry feet. As the adage goes, prevention is better than cure, so let us have a look at some of the prevention methods that can be employed.
How to prevent your feet from smelling
There are some preventions measures that you could take to help alleviate/reduce your problem of sweaty feet. Let’s have a look at some of them:
Keep an eye on your shoes
One of the reasons for sweaty feet is wearing shoes that constrict your feet and thus trap the moisture making your feet sweat more. The best type of shoes are those that allow your feet to breathe. Shoes made of rubber should also be avoided as well.
Keep your feet dry
Sweaty feet are wet feet, there is no doubt about that. As we have ascertained, wet feet aren’t good for you. To avoid sweaty feet, you should dry your feet anytime they get wet. This could be after a shower or a really long day. Dry your feet and ensure that they are actually dry. You could also add an antiperspirant for good measure.
Synthetic socks are the best
Socks with nylon or entirely cotton fabric aren’t good for people with sweaty feet. This is because they tend to trap the moisture, thus making your feet wet and sweaty at all time (while wearing them). If you have sweaty feet, we advise that you use synthetic socks instead. This is because they allow your feet to breathe more and don’t trap moisture.
Have a foot spray or powder nearby
A foot spray or powder isn’t necessarily a bad idea especially if you have the other skin condition that come as a result of sweaty feet. Over the counter products can help keep your feet dry whilst making your skin better by eliminating/reducing the skin conditions that plague it.
Improve your foot hygiene
Hygiene is always key in solving problems regarding sweat. Consider improving your foot hygiene. You can do this by washing your feet more often, washing your shoes daily/more often and changing your socks over the course of the day. You can also consider rotating the shoes you wear over the course of the week. Don’t underestimate the power of hygiene in helping alleviate this problem.