What to do About Overly Sweaty Feet

The spring temperatures here in Solon, Ohio are definitely on the rise. Mid-sixties this month of May so far – even a hint of the seventies. It’s not really that hot yet, so why do you have sweaty feet?

Causes of sweaty feet

Sometimes feet sweat a lot because of medications or certain biological changes in the body. Socks and shoes constructed of materials that retain heat and moisture are also likely culprits. Your feet don’t “breathe” in synthetic shoes.

But if your feet are perpetually sweaty with no apparent physical cause, they you may have hyperhidrosis. “Hyper” means an excess of something (for example, “hyperactive” highly or excessively active), while “hidrosis” means sweat. Therefore, in plain terms hyperhidrosis is having an excess of sweat. In addition to your feet, hyperhidrosis can affect your head, palms, and underarms.

Patients who suffer with hyperhidrosis usually can blame one of two main factors:

  1. Genetics: you’re just born with it, thanks to someone in your family who already has the condition. Doctors can’t really explain why some people are more prone to having hyperhidrosis than others. Blame it on grandpa.
  2. Emotional stress: if you are under a lot of stress, your body temperature can rise and your body will then try to cool itself off by producing sweat. And since your feet have thousands of sweat glands, they are naturally going to be making a whole lot of sweat. Add to the mix the fact that you’re probably nervous about your feet becoming sweaty, and the problem compounds.

Treatments for overly sweaty feet

As our expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland will tell you, there are ways to deal with this potentially embarrassing condition. Dr. Craig B. Frey or Dr. Megan L. Oltmann can determine if you have hyperhidrosis and help you deal with the effects of overly sweaty feet. Some of their recommendations might include:

  • Be vigilant about washing and drying your feet every day. Wash thoroughly, and don’t forget to dry between your toes.
  • Treat underlying foot diseases such as athlete’s foot or fungal nail infections, which can make sweaty feet worse.
  • Iontophoresis – treatment using water and a mild electrical current.
  • Prescription medications.

If not taken care of, constant sweating can lead to infections of the feet. Call (440) 903-1041 for an appointment with Dr. Frey or Dr. Oltmann to keep your feet dry and healthy. If you prefer, make an appointment online. We offer early, late, and Saturday hours for your convenience.