Sweaty feet can be more than a nuisance problem. When your feet remain damp, this becomes a breeding ground for recurrent infections. There are several strategies that can be used to keep moisture and odor under control.
Start With Foot Care
Keeping your feet clean and dry will minimize the chance of infections and odor. If you have a significant problem with foot odor or the skin is currently infected, it is better to use a mild, unscented soap. Fragrances will further irritate the skin and they can make foot odor more noticeable instead of masking the problem. If you have any issues with Athlete's foot or toenail fungus, you need to be careful about washing and drying your feet to avoid spreading infections. Consider using a paper towel to wash and dry your feet so you can dispose of anything that has been contaminated. Be sure to wash your hands after touching your feet, as well. After you have dried your feet, especially between your toes, use powders to help keep the area dry or antiperspirant if the skin is not currently irritated.
Be Mindful Of Footwear
Only wear socks that are made of materials that help wick away moisture. Cotton is usually the best option, but some socks are made from specialty materials that are designed for athletes and can help keep your feet cooler. Your shoes should be roomy and comfortable so air can better circulate around your feet and minimize sweating. It is better to have several pairs of inexpensive shoes so you can frequently change the shoes you wear. Once you have the opportunity, take off your shoes and give them a chance to dry thoroughly, even if you have to use a hair dryer to accelerate the process. Adding inserts to your shoes that help absorb odor and moisture can also help. When you arrive home, be sure to take off damp socks and let your feet air dry, too.
Many people only think of Botox injections as a way to minimize lines and wrinkles, but these injections can be used to reduce sweating on different areas of your body. If you cannot keep your feet dry through other methods, consider injections. Botox helps temporarily turn off the sweat glands so your feet may stay drier or not sweat at all. Everyone is different in the length of time the injection works, so you may need another treatment in six months. Over time, it is possible frequent treatments may improve the problem so you can space out your treatments more.
Dealing with sweaty feet is not only frustrating, but it can be the causes of recurrent infections that become difficult to treat. Good foot care is the first step in keeping your feet dry and odor-free. For more information, talk to a foot specialist near you.