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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 13, 2018
Category: Sweaty Feet

Everyone gets a little bit sweaty when the nerves kick in. It’s also normal to drip sweat during a difficult workout. But how much sweat is too much?

Ask yourself some of the following questions:

  1. Do you sweat a lot, even when you are not nervous or stressed?
  2. Do you sweat even when the temperature is cool?
  3. Do you sweat when you are at rest? (For example: while sleeping, sitting and watching TV, relaxing, etc.)
  4. Do you make a sweat puddle from excessive sweat on the floor where you are working out?
  5. Do your armpits or feet tend to smell at the end of your day?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, you might have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Sweat glands help keep us cool when they are functioning normally but seem to be overactive in those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. The exact cause is unknown, but it seems to be hereditary or secondary when you have certain conditions like an overactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease, or lung disease.

So then, you might ask, “Well, what can I do about it?”

While body odor is of most concern for those with hyperhidrosis in the armpits, those with overactive sweat glands in the feet have to contend with slippery feet, unstable shoes, blisters, wet socks, damp shoes, and smelly feet. Some of the following tips may help you reduce your anxiety, stress, or embarrassment due to hyperhidrosis:

  • Speak to your physician about possible underlying medical conditions that might be causing you to sweat excessively.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash your feet every day. Wear a new pair of socks each day. Change into a fresh pair of socks midday to mitigate symptoms of foot odor and wetness.
  • Let your shoes dry out completely before re-wearing or putting them away to reduce bacterial growth. If you have specific pairs of shoes you wear for work, it may suit you to get multiple pairs.
  • Use antiperspirant spray or powders to reduce or absorb sweat.
  • If it gets worse when you feel hot, try to wear open-toed shoes when available, to keep your feet cool.

Is your hyperhidrosis beyond the point of being helped by these tips? Consult our podiatrist for other possible treatments, such as iontophoresis, botox injections, and maybe even a sympathectomy. Make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

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