From the coldest of days to the hottest, from the days where you are running many errands to the days where you are barely getting off the couch, your feet sweat. There are a few hundred thousand glands on your feet, packed into a relatively small area, so even when a fraction of them produce sweat, you might be able to tell. Yet, not everyone sweats the same amount. If you have excessively sweaty feet, it might be due to genetics, stress, certain medications, or because you spend a lot of time in socks and shoes.
Sweaty feet become smelly feet when bacteria accumulate and feed off of the sweat. The dark environment created by our footwear allows these bacteria to thrive. Taking care of your feet in the following ways may alleviate some of your problems:
1. Wear clean, dry, absorbent socks and change them at least once a day, like after work, school, or exercise.
2. Choose breathable shoes so that air can circulate, and refrain from wearing any shoes that got wet and have not fully dried.
3. When you shower, spend some extra time on your feet, making sure to use soapy water and dry them completely afterwards.
4. Add a dash of powder to your socks to help absorb excess moisture.
5. Research some foot soaks that will improve the smell of your feet.
You should not have to privately suffer and feel self-conscious about your sweaty or smelly feet. Once the weather in Texas becomes a little nicer, you will want to kick your shoes off and relax. The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston can treat all of the conditions and deformities that you might worry about, from plantar warts to ingrown toenails to foot ulcers. With six offices in the North Houston area, one is bound to be convenient for you! If you have any questions or if you would like to request an appointment, please contact us or call us at (281) 444-4114!