Managing Your Sweaty, Smelly Feet

Before the recent string of cloudy and rainy days, temperatures in Central New York had been creeping above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With the added humidity and lack of wind, simply standing outside seemed to be enough to produce sweat from pores all over our body! With over 250,000 glands covering a rather condensed area, the feet can easily become one of the sweatiest parts of the body during any type of activity. However, not everyone sweats the same amount. Excessively sweaty feet may be due to a few factors, including: a genetic condition called hyperhidrosis; stress; certain medications; or fluid consumption.

Our sweaty feet become smelly feet when they attract bacteria that thrive in the moist, dark environment created by our shoes and socks. To effectively combat your foot odor and sweaty feet, take note of the following helpful hints:

  • Wear dry, clean socks made of an absorbent material like cotton and change them halfway through your day or after a period of exercise or activity
  • Choose footwear that is dry and allows air to circulate; try not to wear shoes that are already damp or moist
  • Clean your feet every day with soap and water and dry them completely
  • Add some powder to your socks to help absorb extra moisture
  • Consider therapies like iontophoresis to reduce sweating or foot soaks to improve odor

Foot odor and sweaty feet have the potential to make us feel self-conscious about taking off our shoes and enjoying our favorite summer activities. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and the wonderful staff at Syracuse Podiatry are prepared to help you tackle the foot and ankle conditions that are causing you physical or emotional discomfort. From plantar warts, to Achilles tendinitis, to heel pain, Dr. D’Amico can treat a wide range of pedal disorders and deformities. At our Fayetteville office, we welcome patients of all ages from Onondaga County and beyond! Feel free to contact us or call us at (315) 446-3668 today!

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