Plantar Hyperhidrosis also known as Sweaty Feet is a disorder that causes excessive sweating that is not caused by heat or exercise. It can hinder your daily activities and greatly impact your life depending on its severity. So, what can you do to control sweaty feet and avoid complications? Let’s first find out what causes it.
What are the causes?
Sweaty Feet is a common condition affecting 1-3% of the population and affects both feet equally. The most common form of Sweaty Feet is known as Focal or Primary Hyperhidrosis, which is caused by overactive sweat glands. This means even without a rise in body temperature, your body produces sweat. This condition usually affects your palms and soles of your feet and seems to run in families.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis is less common and is usually related to other medical conditions such as Diabetes, Thyroid problems, and Nervous System Disorders.
Some tips to reduce Sweaty Feet
1. Wearing the right sock
Wear cotton socks during warmer months for ventilation and wool in winter. Avoid synthetic fabrics as they can trap moisture.
2. Choosing the right shoes
Wear shoes made from breathable fabrics such as canvas or leather. Avoid patent or plastic shoes as they tend to trap sweat inside.
3. Washing your feet
Wash your feet twice a day to reduce sweating. Dry the feet thoroughly as damp feet allow bacteria and fungus to grow.
Complications of Pedal Hyperhidrosis
Sweaty Feet can cause complications such as Tinea Pedis and Bacterial Infections in those that are prone to skin disorders. The emotional effects of severe hyperhidrosis can often be the most debilitating such as social withdrawal, anxiety and stress.
If you’re experiencing heavy sweating and it is impacting your daily life, speak to our friendly staff at Moreland Podiatry. Call Moreland Podiatry if you have any further questions regarding your feet or book an appointment online to speak to one of our expert podiatrists today.