Spring may technically be around the corner, but with the snowstorms New England has had hammering away at it this winter, boot weather will probably last a little while yet. It may be some time before you can comfortably bring your sandals out of the closet. Keeping your feet locked away in heavy winter boots, however, can certainly contribute to sweaty feet and the unpleasant odor that results. The good news is that you can take steps to minimize perspiration in your lower limbs to avoid constantly sweaty toes.
Your feet naturally sweat a lot. You have hundreds of thousands of sweat glands in each foot, all perspiring quite a bit even under normal circumstances. Some people, however, naturally sweat more than normal. Even those who perspire normally can go through times when their feet are frequently sweaty. A few easy preventative steps can help reduce the problem and keep your feet appropriately dry:
- Wear breathable shoes – This allows air to circulate around your feet and reduce some of the sweaty moisture.
- Use moisture-wicking socks – The right socks pull perspiration away from your skin, helping to dry them out.
- Wash and dry feet daily – Remember to wash old sweat and grime off your feet, so it doesn’t build up and smell unpleasant.
- Pretreat with antiperspirant – Rub antiperspirant on your soles daily. This helps prevent sweating.
These steps should help absorb and remove the moisture from your skin. If you continue to struggle with excessively sweaty feet, you may have a medical condition contributing to the problem. Let our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Hamden and Milford, CT, help you take control of the sweat. Make an appointment with us by calling—(203) 288-4055 for Hamden, or (203) 876-7736 for Milford—or through our web request form.