When Are Sweaty Feet Not Normal?

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In Florida’s warm climate, sweaty feet may seem like a normal condition. However, at FL Foot Health, we want patients to know that there is also a podiatric condition known as hyperhidrosis that is characterized by an overly-excessive amount of sweating of the feet.

What are the distinguishing characteristics of this disorder?

  • Feet that sweat all the time regardless of climate or outside temperature

  • So much perspiration that feet slip around inside of shoes

  • Skin on the feet has a whitish, wet appearance

  • An increased number of foot infections due to the constant moisture

  • Foot odor

  • In some patients, sweaty palms may also be a symptom

Hyperhidrosis is more common in men than women and tends to strike young adults more often than older adults.

Treatment Options

If you believe you may have hyperhidrosis, the first step is to make an appointment at the podiatrist’s office to get your feet evaluated. Need to find a podiatrist? Use our online directory to locate a qualified one in your area. The foot doctor will examine your feet, get a complete medical history and may order tests to rule out other conditions.

There are several ways that you can help reduce the complications from overly sweaty feet:

  • Wash your feet daily using an antibacterial soap. Dry your feet completely, paying particular attention to the space between your toes where athlete’s foot often begins.

  • Apply an antifungal foot powder or cornstarch to your feet each morning when dressing.

  • Use a roll-on antiperspirant or deodorant on the bottoms of your feet.

  • Choose socks made of a natural or acrylic fiber blend that is designed to wick moisture away from your skin.

  • Stash extra socks in your bag or at work and change them as soon as you notice that your feet are damp.

The podiatrist may also recommend iontophoresis. This treatment uses water to conduct a mild electrical current through the skin and has been shown to help reduce sweaty feet. Other treatment options include:

  • Botox injections

  • Oral medications

  • Surgical procedure called sympathectomy which interrupts the nerve signals that cause the body to sweat excessively

To learn more about this and other podiatric health conditions, contact us.