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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sweaty Feet   Podiatry  

Do you notice that your feet seem to sweat quite often? Are you looking for a way to tame this embarrassing condition so that you can wear shoes without leaving aSweaty Feet, Podiatry puddle behind? Have you tried a variety of products but not found relief? If so, then you may have been told that baby powder is a great way to dry up the sweat and prevent odor. Can baby powder really be all that you need to clear up your sweaty feet?

Baby powder can be made from either cornstarch or talcum powder. If you also have sensitive skin then you may be looking for a product that will tackle your sweat problem without irritating your delicate skin. If this is the case, there are products on the market that are medicated and provide safe relief with a pleasant cooling effect.

Of course, baby powders aren’t without their cons. Some people dislike how messy this product can be. If you sweat a lot you might end up with clumps of baby powder on your feet and in your shoes. Even though baby powder won’t be as effective as an antiperspirant, it can be a good way to reduce sweaty feet.

However, there are certainly other ways to tackle foot sweat and odor without resorting to baby powder. One effective way is to make sure that you change your socks often and opt for a light, breathable material like cotton. Also, choose leather or canvas shoes that allow your feet to breathe, and don’t wear the same shoes twice in a row. After wearing your shoes, apply a talcum powder or antiperspirant to the shoes and allow them to thoroughly dry for at least a day before wearing them again.

When washing your feet everyday opt for an antibacterial soap, which can help fight the bacteria that cause offensive foot odor and sweat. While sweaty feet may seem like a rather self-limiting problem, if you are having trouble tackling this issue on your own (or if nothing seems to help reduce how much your feet sweat) then this could be caused by a medical condition. This is when you should turn to a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your excessively sweaty feet and how to treat the problem.

Don’t let sweaty feet embarrass you any longer. Turn to a foot doctor who can help!

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
September 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sweaty Feet  

Excessive sweating of the feet can be an embarrassing problem that can also lead to infection. Learn how to deal with sweaty feet through sweaty feetthese tips.

Most people only notice sweating during hot weather or stressful situations. However, some have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which makes them genetically predisposed to sweating more often than the average person. Because the feet have a large amount of sweat glands, they are the one of the most common areas for hyperhidrosis to occur. With the skin constantly exposed to moisture, the feet are more susceptible to odor and infection.

Controlling this frustrating problem can involve one or more of the following techniques:

Medication

Talking about your sweaty feet may feel uncomfortable, but it's important to discuss your symptoms with a podiatrist to devise the best treatment for you. Many people respond well to prescription­strength antiperspirants. These contain a higher concentration of aluminum chloride than that found in store­bought products.

There is reported success with injections of botulinum toxin to stop the sweat glands' production. These treatments typically last between 3 and 9 months. There is also the possibility of using oral medications, called anticholinergics, but these can produce undesirable side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and visual disturbances with long­term use.

Proper hygiene

People with hyperhidrosis must follow a strict hygiene regimen to combat their condition. Washing daily with antibacterial soap will help control infection and odor. Your feet should be dried thoroughly after bathing and powder such as cornstarch should be applied. Socks should be made of synthetic, breathable materials designed to draw moisture away from your feet. Cotton socks tend to hold moisture in and thus should be avoided.

Other options

The FDA recently approved iontophoresis devices, which submerge the feet in treated water and conduct a very low electrical current through the affected skin. These treatments are usually performed in a physician's office and take approximately an hour. There are also several surgical procedures available, but these are generally avoided unless all other treatments have been exhausted.

Having sweaty feet is a problem that can affect more than just your extremities ­ it can have a profound impact on your self­esteem and social interaction. Your podiatrist is well­equipped to combat this issue; call today for an appointment.



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