At Foot & Ankle Doctors, Inc we understand that sweaty feet can be an embarrassing and stressful problem, and worrying about it makes the sweating worse. Hyperhydrosis is the term for excessive sweating of the feet and is more common in men than women. The cause of hyperhydrosis is unknown, some believe it is an inherited problem.
Hyperhydrosis can cause the feet to turn a whitish color. The excess sweat can break down the skin and increase risk of infection. Odor and fungal infection are commonly associated with hyperhydrosis.
Treatment options are tailored towards the severity of the symptoms. Various treatments include:
- Antiperspirants: plug sweat glands and prevent the body from producing excess sweat
- Iontophoresis: a low electrical current is used to temporarily “shut off” sweat glands
- Botulinum toxin: works by blocking a chemical that stimulates sweat glands
- Prescription medication: prevent sweat glands from working
- Surgical removal of sweat glands
- Sympathectomy: destroying nerves that send signals stimulating sweat glands
Good hygiene is essential. Washing your feet and between your toes daily with antibacterial soap will help prevent infections. Dry your feet well after showering and apply a foot powder or antifungal powder. Change your socks daily or multiple times during the day. It is best to wear socks made with acrylic fiber, which will help wick away moisture and keep your feet dry.
At Foot & Ankle Doctors, Inc we can help ease your anxiety about hyperhydrosis and help control the problem.