Often times, people think sweaty feet and odorous feet are synonymous. However, that is not always the case; someone can have excessive sweaty feet with no foot odor. Excessive sweating of the feet, or plantar or pedal hyperhidrosis, can be embarrassing, and it can also lead to unpleasant odors and fungal infections if left untreated. Read on to learn how to stop sweaty feet to give yourself optimum comfort and a little peace of mind.
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Excessive sweating, in general, is usually caused by stress, anxiety, or nervousness. Hence, employing stress relievers may greatly help in the management of hyperhidrosis relating to the feet. Regular exercise can help decrease stress levels, as well as alternative therapy, such as acupuncture, massages, aromatherapy, or stretching. Having a set bed time and morning time can also help decrease stress.
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Be Serious About Your Socks
For those who suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis and cannot wear ventilating footwear on a daily basis, socks will probably become that person’s best friend. Absorbent socks and hoses made from wool or cotton are the best bets, as they have the highest absorbing power. There are also specialty socks that have extra thick padding at the bottom for excessive sweaty feet. As for ladies, wearing socks on top of hosiery or wearing hosiery with extra padding at the bottom of the feet is the trick to sweat-free feet. Avoid synthetic material that may trap moisture and sweat rather than absorbing them. Also, be adamant about changing your socks as often as you can throughout the day to maximize dryness of the feet.
Although less common, there are such things on the market as antiperspirants for feet that can help alleviate profuse sweating. Interestingly, underarm antiperspirants are commonly used as effective treatments plantar hyperhidrosis, as it works by using the same idea – the aluminum chloride content affects the exocrine sweat glands of the body and decreases or blocks perspiration. They can come in powers, sprays, or blocks that can be rubbed on the bottoms of feet, and are easily assessable in any over-the-counter drug store. Conveniently, most underarm antiperspirants also have deodorizing properties, so you can easily kill two birds with one stone.
Iontophoresis is a type of therapy that utilizes electrical currents to disrupt the sweat production of sweat glands. Not only is this method used to treat hyperhidrosis in general, it can be especially effective for excessive plantar sweating. One of the more common methods involves placing the feet in a shallow tub of tap water, and running electrical currents through the water. The sensation can range from tingling to mild pain, and may need to be administered indefinitely. It also takes some time to see results, so while iontophoresis is great for long term treatment of sweaty feet, it may not grant immediate results.
Interestingly, the use of Botox is not limited for the face, fine lines, and wrinkles; it has been clinically shown to be effective in excessive sweating control. Botox, which is derivative of toxins produced by the C. botulinum bacteria, can help control sweating by temporarily blocking neurotransmitters that activate sweat glands. While those injections can cause temporarily paralysis or numbness in the feet, it can relieve excess feet sweating for up to half a year. Talk to your doctor today if you are considering using Botox as a form of therapy to help manage hyperhidrosis of the feet.
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Look For Proper Footwear
Proper footwear, in this case, is as important as choosing the proper socks. One of the common reasons sweaty feet turns odorous is due to poor ventilation of footwear. There are many types of footwear on the market that boast “secret” ventilation openings that increase airflow. Ladies, this is the perfect time to buy sandals, cute open-toed heels and cutout flats. Have more than one pair of “regular” shoes and alternate between the pairs each day; that way, it will ensure the worn pair will be dried completely before it is worn again. Be sure to wear the proper socks as well, and try to take off your shoes and air the feet whenever possible.
Go For A Check-Up
Sometimes, abnormally excessive plantar sweating can be an indicator of another health-related illness. This is especially concerning if the patient never had a history of plantar hyperhidrosis but recently developed the symptom. For example, health conditions such as anemia, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and peripheral vascular disease. Go see a doctor to rule out other health conditions before employing ways to stop plantar hyperhidrosis.
Now you are ready to tackle summer and hot weather even if you have excessive sweaty feet!