Thursday, 9 May 2013

Treatment Options For Sweaty Feet

Sweating is a natural process and the way the body keeps itself cool. Each foot has over 250,000 sweat glands and between them the feet can produce up to a pint of sweat in a day. The amount of sweat will depend on the climatic conditions and the type of footwear being worn. Many people who think they suffer from sweaty feet or hyperhidrosis are actually only being subjected to climate related normal sweating. However, hyperhidrosis can be a major health issue and the possibility of suffering from it should not be ignored.

The Symptoms OF Sweaty Feet
Among the most common symptoms of sweaty feet are:
  • A bad odor emanating from the feet
  • Itchiness of the feet
  • Toenail fungus
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • The development of other skin problems on the feet
  • Socks and shoes are often damp, if not wet with perspiration
  • A general feeling of clamminess in the feet that may fade for short periods of time but always returns.
The Causes of Sweaty Feet
There are many reasons why a person may suffer from sweaty feet. Emotional stress and physical activity are among the most common reasons. Genetics and heredity are also often seen causes. Toxicity in the body due to excessive alcohol intake, smoking and eating the wrong type of foods can also cause excessive sweating of the feet. Using the wrong type of socks – those that do not absorb sweat and restrict air flow over the feet - is often the cause of sweaty feet.

Some experts now believe that sweaty feet can be caused by problems with the nervous system, but the jury is still out on this.

Treating Sweaty Feet
Even though a few small changes to footwear can help to treat the problem, if it affects the quality of your life it is advisable to consult a podiatrist who will be able to advise the best combination of treatment options to offer an effective and long term solution to the problem.
  • The first thing to be considered is a change in the type of footwear used and the socks worn.
  • An increase in the frequency at which the feet are washed often helps to reduce the severity of the problem.
  • A podiatrist may advise that foot powders or ointments that help to control sweating be used.
  • In more severe cases, the use of a topical antiperspirant is recommended.
  • Some doctors and podiatrists recommend the use of Botox to relieve the problem of sweaty feet. When Botox is injected into the feet it stops the signals that are sent to the sweat glands from the nerves so that the production of sweat is stopped and the feet remain dry.
Preventing Sweaty Feet
There are many simple commonsense things you can try for yourself to combat a sweaty feet problem.
  • Wear shoes that allow your feet to breath. The air that circulates in the shoes helps to dry up perspiration.
  • Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing and whenever they become wet – damp feet will sweat more than dry ones. If need be use a hair dryer to ensure that the feet, especially the area between the toes, is dry.
  • Wear cotton socks that allow the feet to breathe rather than synthetic ones.
  • Wash your feet frequently.
  • Ensure that your shoes are clean and dry – inside and out – before putting them on.
  • If your shoes tend to become damp quickly, keep another pair of shoes handy so you can switch to those while the first pair dries out.
  • Change your socks frequently and as soon as you feel them to be getting damp.
  • Use anti-fungal foot powders and sprays.
  • Apply antiperspirant to the soles of your feet.
If none of these options help to control the problem of sweaty feet, then it is a good idea to consult a doctor who will be able to advise other ways of bringing the problem under control.

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