What To Do About Sweaty Feet

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Feet are not considered one of the most attractive parts on the body.  If your feet are often sweaty, you may have a common problem called hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating.  There are 250,000 sweat glands in the feet, and actually more per square inch than any other body part, including your arm pits.  Stress on the feet, warm weather, hormones or emotional stress can all be contributing factors to sweaty feet.

Here are some tried and true ways to keep this embarrassing problem at bay:

Wash Your Feet Daily    

Although it seems like it may be common sense, make it a priority to wash your feet in the shower every day with warm water and antibacterial soap.  Gently scrub between the toes and around toe nails as well.  Be sure not to cause inflammation due to hard scrubbing, as this could cause more sweating.

Always Wear Socks (Cotton Ones)            

When you wear shoes and don't wear socks, you may increase the sweating on your feet.  Your shoes will become moist, and this leads to unpleasant odor and bacteria growth.  Always wear socks with your shoes.  Socks made with Lycra, nylon or any other synthetic material cause feet to sweat more.

When natural fibers are used to make socks, such as cotton, they are more breathable and also are more absorbent.  When sweat is absorbed into cotton socks, it can evaporate and dry faster, allowing the feet to feel cooler and dryer more quickly.       

Give Your Gym Shoes a Break   

After an intense workout, be sure to remove your shoes and socks.  Put on a clean, dry pair of socks and a different pair of shoes.  Don't store them in a bag. Allow your gym shoes to air out to avoid further bacteria growth and unwanted odor.  It's a good idea to wash your feet right after a workout before changing your socks.

If not, make it your first priority to wash them in the shower after your workout.  If your budget allows, get a second pair and alternate your gym shoes from workout to workout in order to allow more time in between wearing them.     

Rotate Your Shoes     

If you own several pairs of shoes, it is best to wear different shoes each day.  Wearing the same pair several days in a row will not give them adequate time to air out.  In order to keep fungus and bacteria from growing, shoes should be completely dried out before you wear them.    

Avoid Plastic Shoes     

If you have to wear sandals or flip flops, it is best to find one that has a leather upper.  Plastic makes feet sweat more, and sandals are usually worn in hot weather, so this is a bad combination for those with sweaty feet.      

Having sweaty feet is a problem that causes you to worry about others noticing it.  Visit your podiatrist to find out other handy sweaty feet tips.  The good thing about it is that using these simple suggestions, no one has to know about it, and everyone will think you have the freshest footsies. To learn more, contact a company like Hara Podiatrists Group with any questions or concerns you might have. 


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