How to deal with sweaty feet!South West Podiatry
Sweaty feet can surprisingly be a terrible thing to experience. With over 250,000 sweat glands, it can get really unpleasant to deal with this issue.
But why does this even happen? Well, sweating is a critical process our body undergoes to cool ourselves down, and control body temperature. Almost every single body part does this, including our feet!
Did you know there is a condition, called plantar hyperhidrosis, that causes the excessive sweating of the feet? A staggering 5% of the world population suffer from this.
We aren’t trying to scare you, but if left untreated ‒ you can contract diseases, blisters, infections, and other nasty things! Today, we are going to share our methods for preventing and handling sweaty feet, ranging from home remedies to various treatments.
WASH YOUR FEET DAILY
To save yourself all the struggles in the first place, you can simply dedicate some of your time every day to washing your feet every day. This completely wipes out any bacteria lingering around, and also stops terrible foot odor from emerging.
PICK THE RIGHT SOCKS
You need to prioritize wearing dry and clean socks, especially if you usually wear closed-toe shoes. Make sure to avoid manmade or synthetic materials, since this can trap moisture and lead to odor-related problems (similarly to shoes).
APPLY FOOT DEODORANT OR ANTI-PESPIRANT SPRAY
If deodorants can be used for armpits, is it that hard to believe they can also work for smelly feet? Regardless, an efficient spray can deal with the foul smell, stop incessant sweating, and protect your feet from bacteria.
SOAK AND DRY YOUR FEET
Foot soaks can work wonders; they can actually kill all sorts of parasites, as well as leave your feet clean as a bonus! The most common treatments involve apple cider vinegar, natural oils, and salts.
Residual moisture can lead to bacteria forming however; so after cleansing your feet, make sure to dry them well, in every nook and cranny! You should also make a point to keep your shoes and socks dry as well.
WEAR THE APPROPRIATE SHOES
Getting shoes made out of natural materials (avoid plastic in particular!) is a simple yet effective solution ‒ this is because such substances allow some ‘breathing room’ for your feet. In addition, make sure your shoes are the correct size; if they are too tight, this can lead to more sweating.
Applying an anti-fungal foot powder can help absorb excess moisture. According to Doctor Stephen Weinberg, roll-on products are more effective than sprays, since most of the latter’s “antipespirant action is lost in air”.
If you don’t have such powders on hand, there are many alternatives you can use ‒ some of which being baby powder, cornstarch, and baking soda; these serve the same purpose by keeping your feet dry.