With over 250,000 sweat glands in our feet, it’s no wonder our feet sweat so often. There are many reasons and causes for sweaty feet, from the weather outside, to conditions like hyperhidrosis. But incorporating daily, healthy foot care habits into your routine can help prevent some of the negatives that come with sweaty feet.

  • Do you find your shoes trap moisture, leading to sweaty socks and feet? Investing in a pair of breathable shoes is key. Materials like leather and canvas are great. Some sneakers are made with a mesh material that allows for extra air circulation. Letting your shoes air out in between wears or alternating shoes daily is important, too. Look into absorbent insoles for an extra anti-slip feature for your shoes.
  • Socks are just as important as shoes. Instead of wearing socks with materials like nylon, pick cotton, which is light and breathable. Ensure you change your socks at least once a day. It might be helpful to bring an extra pair of socks with you throughout the day in case you find you need to change your pair.
  • Wash your feet every day with soapy water, making sure to clean in between your toes, then dry thoroughly
  • If you find your everyday wash isn’t enough, try out a foot soak. Pour 3 tablespoons of baking soda into your bathtub, fill up to the ankle with warm water, then let your feet rest in the water for 20 minutes. Alternatively, place 2 black tea bags into the water and soak for 30 minutes. Repeat both daily and be sure to dry your feet well after. These soaks will also help with foot odor that commonly goes along with sweaty feet.
  • Buy a powder to absorb any excess moisture. If you have athlete’s foot or nail fungus, there are some body powders with antifungal ingredients. Apply daily for the best results.
  • If you’re concerned about your sweaty feet, be sure to contact your podiatrist for a check-up.

    At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are committed to providing specialized, compassionate services for our patients. Melissa Robitaille, DPM, and Todd Newsom, DPM offer treatments for various foot and ankle disorders with leading-edge technology. Contact our office in Chatham County at (912) 988-3323 to make an appointment today.

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