It has been a long day and you have been on your feet the entire time. You go to take off your shoes and find that your socks are soaked, your shoes reek, and your feet are plastered in sweat. It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of winter, no matter what you do your feet sweat and it is relentless. You are embarrassed to take off your shoes at a friend’s house, go to the gym, or wear opened toe shoes due to your condition. At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you beat your sweaty feet woes.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the feet begin to excessively sweat. This excessive sweat effects the sole of the foot and in between the toes. Many people all over the world experience this condition and Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn treat it regularly. This condition is sometimes caused by a psychological disorder. Anxiety and nervousness amplify this condition. Teens and young adults, usually male, seem to obtain this disorder more commonly than children, adults and the elderly.
Anemia and hyperthyroidism can also cause excessive sweating of the feet. Because the body is out of balance it triggers sweating as a response to the imbalance. The heart tends to speed up and work harder and causes stress on the body. This stress sometimes comes in the form of excessive sweat.
Other less common symptoms of hyperhidrosis are a whitish wet appearance on the foot. An infection typically pairs with the white coloring. If you experience a white sheen to your foot coupled with an infection or anxiety, it is important to call a podiatrist right away to get your feet examined. This could prevent other foot and ankle issues.
Wearing the right kind of footwear can also help sweaty feet. Be sure to buy shoes that are breathable and that do not trap moisture. Also wear socks that are less likely to absorb moisture, cotton tends to be a good material for wicking moisture and preventing feet that are too warm.