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Dealing With Feet That Sweat Too Much

A condition known as plantar hyperhidrosis, or more commonly sweaty feet, can be annoying and even embarrassing. Some people sweat so much that their feet slide around in their shoes. Sometimes the feet can become infected and smell bad. Hyperhidrosis also can cause the feet to feel cold because they are continuously wet. While the cause of plantar hyperhidrosis is not clear, it seems to be a case of overactive sweat glands that are inherited. Sweaty feet are more common in men than in women and more common among young adults. It is wise to wash your feet daily with antibacterial soap to ward off infections that may cause foot odor. Using an antifungal foot powder may also help. Absorbent shoe inserts and moisture-wicking socks are suggested. Drying out your shoes thoroughly after wearing them and alternating shoes each day are good ideas. A chiropodist can offer a number of other treatment options, including Botox injections and certain prescription medications. For more information, please consult a chiropodist.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating of the feet. This problem is not only embarrassing but can also cause a variety of foot health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments available for plantar hyperhidrosis. If you have very sweaty feet, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Signs & Symptoms

  • Excessive foot sweat

  • Sweating from both feet

  • Slipping out of shoes due to sweat

  • Damp footprints

  • Ruined shoes

  • Frequent foot infections

  • Friction blisters

  • Whitish foot color

  • Wrinkly, pruney feet

  • Cold feet

  • Strong odor

Treatment Options

  • Topical antiperspirants - Powders, creams, or gels that are applied directly to the feet to prevent sweating; can be over the counter or prescription strength

  • Oral medications - Pills taken by mouth to reduce sweating temporarily

  • Iontophoresis - A procedure that uses a mild electrical current conducted through water to reduce activity in hyperactive sweat glands

  • Botox - Injected into the feet to prevent activation of sweat glands

In addition to these treatment options, footwear modifications, such as wearing shoes and socks made of breathable or moisture-wicking materials, are also suggested. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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