Excessive sweating of the foot is called “hyperhidrosis” and effects about 3% of the population. Typically, people who notice excessive sweating of the feet have similar symptoms elsewhere, such as the palms of the hands, underarms or scalp.
Individuals who suffer from excessive sweating of the feet may also have a white, wet appearance to the skin that puts them at risk for foot infections, as constant wetness can lead to breaks in the skin. Another common complaint is foot odor. Some teenagers who have hyperhidrosis experience anxiety about their foot condition.
No one knows the exact cause of hyperhidrosis, but the condition seems to be hereditary. Where most people only sweat when it is hot out or during exercise, individuals with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively almost all the time.
Good foot hygiene is essential for people who have excessive sweating of the feet to prevent foot odor and infections. Your feet should be washed daily with soap and water, including between the toes. Drying powders may be placed on your feet before putting on socks and shoes. Be sure to wear moisture wicking socks that draw moisture away from your feet.
If you are experiencing excessive sweating of your feet, make an appointment with one of our doctors today to discuss your treatment options!