Sweaty feet, or plantar hyperhidrosis, is a condition that causes excessive sweating localized to the plantar side of the foot (the bottom). Sweaty feet can exacerbate or even lead to problems such as athlete’s foot, plantar warts, or other skin conditions.

Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself down, and with over 250,000 sweat glands in each foot, it’s normal for your feet to produce about half a pint of sweat each day. For most people that sweat evaporates quickly, but for others it gets trapped within the glands – which allows existing bacteria on your feet to multiply and flourish.

Sweaty Feet Symptoms

  • Smelly feet/foot odor
  • Increase in skin problems
  • Itchy feet
  • Toenail fungus
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Damp socks
  • Clamminess

Sweaty Feet Causes

Genes, stress, excessive physical exercise and a build up of toxins in your body can all contribute to excessively sweaty feet.

Cotton and nylon socks, and shoes that are made entirely from rubber or plastic can also cause feet to sweat. The fabric acts like a sponge, absorbing and locking in the moisture and making your feet continually wet, which promotes conditions like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Sweaty Feet Treatment

There are lots of ways to treat sweaty feet and at Healthy Steps Podiatry we’ll be able to help you decide which treatment options are best for you. Most cases simply require a change in footwear and socks, but our podiatrists may also recommend the use of foot powders or a change in your hygiene habits. For more severe cases, topical medications such as prescription strength antiperspirants may be prescribed. Very occasionally, other methods such as botox may be required – botox stops the signals that are sent from your nerves to your sweat glands, resulting in dryer feet. Our podiatrists will be able to recommend the best way to treat your particular case.

Tips To Prevent Sweaty Feet

There are several things you can do to prevent sweaty feet, including:

  • Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe, and avoid shoes made of rubber or plastic.
  • Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing.
  • Apply and antiperspirant to the bottom of your feet.
  • Wear synthetic or woolen socks instead of nylon, or 100% cotton.
  • Use anti-fungal foot spray or foot powders.
  • Wash your feet daily.
  • Wash your shoes regularly.
  • Change your socks every day.
  • Rotate your shoes and allow them to dry out between use.

It’s important not to ignore the problem. If you have excessively sweaty feet you need to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists in Auckland to prevent secondary conditions from developing – like athlete’s foot or foot fungus.