Things are heating up out there! Summer is in full force with some areas experiencing record temperatures. People are engaging in more physical activities too. Hiking, going to the pool, playing sports, and other summer pursuits are great fun, but they can also cause your feet to sweat. Here are some tips to deal with sweaty feet to make sure you have a great time this summer.
First, it’s important to contact an experienced foot specialist if you are experiencing excessive sweat, as it may indicate particular health issues. Technically the condition is known as hyperhidrosis and is caused when glands in your feet produce excessive sweat. This condition affects 5% of individuals worldwide.
PREVENTING SWEATY FEET
Luckily there are a few ways to prevent excessive sweat in the first place:
- Use antifungal powders. This is a type of powder that can be bought over the counter and applied to your shoes, socks, or directly on your feet. It can absorb sweat and keep your feet dry. An alternative is to use cornstarch, which can also soak up excess sweat but doesn’t have the same antifungal properties.
- Use antiperspirant. Antiperspirant can be applied directly to your feet to block the sweat glands.
- Choose the right socks. Make sure to choose socks that are not too thick and allow your feet to breathe. Sporting goods stores even sell socks that are specially designed to draw moisture away from pores and skin.
Contact a podiatrist today for more tips or if you or a loved one is suffering from any foot-related symptoms. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.