Summer is here! The socks come off, the sandals go on . . . but what can be done about feet that sweat excessively all year round? Feet that sweat heavily regardless of temperature and physical exertion are commonly accompanied by extreme sweating in other parts of the body, e.g. the palms of one’s hands. The condition is called hyperhidrosis. If left untreated, hyperhidrosis can lead to other skin conditions, such as eczema, athlete’s foot and rashes. But our podiatry practice can help: our podiatrists are ready to give you all the practical advice, action steps, and support you want.
We still don’t know exactly what causes constant excessive sweating of the feet, but inherited genes or overactive sweat glands can contribute to the condition. Additional factors that can exacerbate hyperhidrosis include:
- Overstrained feet, e.g. standing on one’s feet all day
- Certain medications
- Overactive thyroid
- Some types of cancer
The most obvious and immediate symptom is excessively sweaty feet and accompanying odor. Hyperhidrosis often causes acute embarrassment, social anxiety and isolation – connecting online with others dealing with the condition or talking to a counselor can help. When the feet slip inside shoes because of heavy sweat, trips and falls can occur.
Even before you meet one of our podiatrists, you can make the following changes to your lifestyle and foot care:
- Maintain good foot and body hygiene – daily bathing, drying thoroughly and applying powder to absorb sweat
- Wear suitable shoes and socks – choose natural materials, rotate shoes and change socks frequently
- Wear clothes made of natural, breathable fibers for relief from heavy body sweat
- Adopt a less stressful lifestyle – yoga and meditation can help reduce the stress that exacerbates sweating
Diagnosis and Treatment
No one should live with the discomfort and distress of excessively sweaty feet. Call Advanced Foot Care Centers at any one of our six locations in Tennessee (Hixson and Chattanooga) and North Georgia (Ft. Oglethorpe and Dalton), or fill out our online appointment request form. If you haven’t talked to one of our podiatrists before, please fill out our New Patient Information form and bring it with you to your appointment. We can recommend a host of options to help you deal with your condition, ranging from prescription-strength antiperspirants to surgery. We look forward to helping you and your feet get happy again!