Causes, Signs, Solutions and Prevention
What is foot perspiration?
- Foot perspiration occurs when the feet sweat excessively
- Excessive foot perspiration is referred to as Plantar Hyperhidrosis - a condition in which the feet sweat constantly except during sleep
- Foot perspiration is more likely to be experienced by men and young adults, rather than women and older people
- It can also lead to foot odour and damage to shoes
What causes foot perspiration?
Contributing factors to excessive foot perspiration include genetic influences, hormonal changes, obesity, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, certain medications and stress.
What are the signs of foot perspiration?
Generally, foot perspiration involves anything from mild to severe sweating of the feet. In some cases, the skin on the feet may appear whitish.
Foot perspiration may likely lead to foot odour, as excessive perspiration combined with bacteria can cause a bad odour.
People with Plantar Hyperhidrosis may also suffer from sweat-related anxiety and emotional stress due to embarrassment and physical discomfort.
What are the solutions for foot perspiration?
One easy and viable option to treat foot perspiration is the use of Anti-Perspirant Foot Spray or foot powder to absorb the extra moisture.
Treatment can also include applying topical products such as aluminium chloride hexahydrate (or Driclor) once the skin is thoroughly dried after taking a shower.
For excessive foot perspiration, see your healthcare professional for a treatment that might be right for you.
How to manage foot perspiration
Clean feet regularly and try to air the feet as much as possible.
Change socks frequently. It is advisable to wear moisture-wicking socks and avoid ones made of nylon.
Use absorbent inner soles and dry out shoes in between wears to protect shoes.
Use antiperspirant powder and spray to avoid excessive sweating. This is also helpful in avoiding foot odour.
Try using a foot mask as a way to help nourish and moisturise dry feet.
How to prevent foot perspiration
Wear socks made of cotton and wool that breathes.
Air out feet whenever possible
Use footwear that is breathable and well-designed.
Keep feet dry by using an anti-perspirant powder or spray.
Optimising your general foot health
A simple maintenance routine can help to keep the skin on your feet supple and hydrated.
Daily care: Wash and dry your feet thoroughly and moisturise every day
Footwear: Ensure that your shoes fit properly (both in width and length) and are right for your activity
Appearance: Check the appearance of your feet regularly for any changes.
Movement and flexibility: Check that you can move your feet easily, without discomfort; some simple stretches may help
Referral: Speak with your pharmacist or podiatrist if you have any concerns
References and Sources
1. Plantar hyperhidrosis. The Australasian College of Dermatologists.
https://www.dermcoll.edu.au/atoz/plantar-hyperhidrosis. Date accessed: 04 Nov 2019.
2. Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Health Direct.
https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/excessive-sweating-hyperhidrosis. Date accessed: 04 Nov 2019.
3. What is hyperhidrosis? Medical New Today.
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182130. Date accessed: 11 March 2020.