Not all sweaty feet are odorous. Sweaty feet become smelly when bacteria break down sweat that is unable to evaporate by wearing shoes that are too tight or unbreathable, practicing poor hygiene, or wearing socks that do not draw sweat away from skin. It is normal for feet to be sweaty occasionally due to heat, strenuous exercise, and the type of shoes we wear, among other things. Sweat is usually the body’s way of regulating its temperature. However, when sweating is not caused by these common factors and is excessive or persistent, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) may be the culprit. Hyperhidrosis is either generalized (affects the whole body) or focal and it typically affects the hands, armpits, groin, or—in the case of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis—the feet. You may have palmoplantar hyperhidrosis if you sweat through your socks frequently, slip around in your shoes, or if your feet look wet, or white. Consult with a podiatrist if you believe your feet sweat excessively. They may treat your hyperhidrosis with prescription topical medications and antiperspirants, Botox injections, or by disabling the sweat glands in your feet temporarily using a gentle electrical current through water.
Hyperhidrosis of the Feet
Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.
Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.
Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.
In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.
A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.