Posts for tag: Sweaty Feet
Your Sweaty Feet Could be Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Plantar hyperhidrosis is when people experience excessive sweating of the feet. Men are often more likely than women to develop this issue. The good news is that if your podiatrist determines that you have plantar hyperhidrosis there are ways to several ways to treat it.
Your Hyperhidrosis May Be Secondary
Okay, so what does this mean exactly? This means that you may have an underlying condition that could have brought about hyperhidrosis. So by finding and treating the underlying cause we can often alleviate hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Intense stress
- Certain prescription medications such as antidepressants
- Tuberculosis and other infections
As is the way for treating most health conditions, your podiatrist will often recommend certain lifestyle changes and simple treatment options first to see if these are effective enough against excessive sweatiness. Only if these treatment options don’t work will your podiatrist turn to more aggressive options. Conservative options include:
- Applying deodorant or antiperspirant to your feet
- Applying antifungal powder to the feet
- Making sure not to wear the same shoes two days in a row
- Choosing breathable shoes (shoes made from leather or canvas)
- Wearing moisture-wicking socks
While a podiatrist can recommend a variety of options to help you manage your sweaty feet, there are instances where you may need to turn to a foot and ankle specialist for more aggressive treatment. One way that a podiatrist treats sweaty feet is with iontophoresis, a painless device that passes mild electrical currents through the feet to temporarily stop sweat glands from producing sweat. Along with iontophoresis, a podiatrist may also recommend Botox injections, which can also temporarily stop excessive sweating for anywhere from 6-9 months.
If you are dealing with sweaty feet and it’s impacting your daily routine or making you uncomfortable, a podiatrist can evaluate your issue and figure out how to get your sweating under control.
Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can infect anyone. There are several repercussions to take, according to your Wilmette, IL, podiatrist serving North Shore, IL, that will help prevent or manage this foot condition.
Athlete's foot can infect anyone, especially individuals who expose their feet to moist surfaces. Some symptoms to keep an eye out for are scaly rash, raw, moist skin between toes, itching, and/or stinging and a burning sensation.
There are several preventative measures to take according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. You should wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when near pools, in gyms, or public showers and locker room areas. Don't walk around barefoot in hotel rooms since foot fungus may be on the floor. Change your socks when they get wet, instead of waiting for them to dry while on your feet. Don't wear the same shoes every day. Give your shoes a chance to air out and dry before wearing them again. Don't share towels, linens, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. It usually spreads through skin-to-skin contact, like handshakes or hugs, and touching a contaminated surface like a blanket or doorknob. Keep your feet clean and dry. The fungus thrives when your feet are wet and when you're wearing tight-fitted shoes, so your Wilmette doctor serving North Shore, IL, advises avoiding both situations. This is especially a problem when it's hot outside and your feet sweat profusely. Make sure you wash your feet every day with soap and water, then completely dry them. Avoid synthetic socks. Wearing socks made from natural fabrics, or fabrics that quickly dry and/or wick moisture to help keep your feet dry.
Athlete's foot shouldn't be a serious problem but if it takes too long to heal, you need to speak to your podiatrist. If you have any questions, or concerns about athlete's foot, call your Wilmette, IL, podiatrist serving North Shore, IL, today!