Many people suffer from excessive sweating of the feet. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis. Usually people who suffer from excessive sweating of the feet also have excessive sweating in the palms of their hands as well. This is more common in men then in women and also more common among young adults.
There is no exact known cause of hyperhidrosis but it is said to be inherited. Individuals suffering from this condition usually have excessive sweating at all times. It does not just occur in hot or warm weather or when they are nervous etc.
The main symptom of hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the feet. It can cause the feet to have a whitish, wet appearance. It can also lead to other conditions such as athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, warts, etc. When the feet are constantly wet the skin breaks down more easily allowing for infection to set in. Sweaty feet can also lead to foot odour.
When it comes to hyperhidrosis, proper care is very essential. It is important to wash your feet regularly with anti-bacterial soap and dry them well, especially between the toes. One can apply anti-fungal powder or baby powder to the feet to help absorb some of the moisture. It is also recommended to wear socks that are made out of natural or acrylic fiber materials. These help to wick moisture away from the feet instead of absorbing them. Bamboo socks are also good for wicking away moisture and keeping the feet dry. Cotton socks are good for absorbing moisture but it does not wick moisture away from the skin not making it an ideal choice for those with hyperhidrosis. Changing socks regularly is also important as well as wearing shoes made of breathable materials. This will help in minimizing foot infections that can be caused by excessive sweating of the feet.
Treatment options are different for every individual. There are certain over-the-counter antiperspirants that can be recommended. Botox injections and oral prescription medication can also be used.
For more information, or to book an assessment, contact Ontario Foot and Orthotics at 905-878-6479 (Milton). Or visit us online at www.ontariofoot.ca.