How To Treat Sweaty Feet
Excessively sweaty feet can be found in isolation or in combination with hand, face and armpit sweating. It can cause specific problems which include; slipping in shoes, infections and athletes foot.
Tips for reducing foot sweating
These may be helpful if the sweaty feet is mild to moderate:
- Choose the right pair of shoes. Most shoes are not designed with sweating in mind, but some are for example Geox specifically design shoes which allow moisture to escape the shoe and so should help with the removal of sweat from the feet.
- Wash the feet every day with antibacterial soap. Then dry them completely, including between the toes.
- Use a hairdryer on the cool setting until feet are completely dry after a shower, make sure to get between the toes
- Use a foot powder .
- Experiment with different socks, use synthetic socks, as opposed to cotton, this is because synthetic socks will tend to draw moisture away from the foot. Also some socks are specifically designed for this process.
- Use a antiperspirant on the feet. Look into the aluminum chloride concentration and choose a higher concentration if you are not getting much benefit.
Treatments for plantar hyperhidrosis
Outlined are various potential treatments for sweaty feet. Always consult multiple doctors before deciding on a course of action
- It is possible to get a prescription strength antiperspirant (for example drysol. After the application of drysol most patients have a visible reduction in sweating of the feet. One drawback to this type of treatment is that it can be irritating and some people cannot stand it on a daily basis. However in this case it may be helpful to restrict its use to only the most sweat inducing of situations.
- This is effective for sweating of the feet in some cases. The feet are placed into water, and then a gentle current of electricity is passed through it. The downside to this treatment is that it must be applied on a daily basis for 10 to 20 minutes and its application may cause discomfort for some. The equipment is affordable and it may be that a local hospital could have a trial.
- Botox can be injected into the feet, this will block the signals which are transmitted to the sweat glands and will stop the sweating. Unfortunately the procedure can cause quite a lot of discomfort and many small injections are required and also the effect is not permanent so the procedure would need to be repeated after some months.
- Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy is another option, however it is not recommended due to the large number of side effects and also that specifically with plantar hyperhidrosis its success rate is lower than with ETS on other parts of the body
- A formalin solution is potentially useful with sweating on the soles of the feet. As the formalin solution hardens the skin and may block the passage from the sweat glands to the surface of the skin.