6 Tips To Manage Sweaty Feet And Reduce Foot Odor

Date December 28, 2017

Sweaty feet are a common problem which becomes especially pressing in cold months, when you wear shoes that don’t let your feet breathe. Excessive foot perspiration is known as plantar hyperhidrosis, an uncomfortable condition that is thought to run in families.

There may not be a way to eliminate the problem altogether, but if your feet are overly sweaty and it bothers you, there are steps you can take to improve it.

You can try the following:

1. Wash your feet more often

It may sound like a no-brainer, but washing your feet regularly (at least twice every day) with soap and water can help. It will not make your feet sweat less, but it will at least help get rid of the odor. Using antifungal soap can help treat or prevent toenail fungus, which is a common cause of smelly feet.

2. Wear socks made from natural fabrics

Choose cotton and wool socks (which are perfect for cold weather conditions) over socks made from synthetic fabrics to allow your feet to breathe. Synthetic socks trap in moisture and can only aggravate the problem. Change your socks daily or a few times a day, if needed.

3. Try a foot powder

There are powders made specifically to keep the feet dryer and prevent odor. Apply foot powder shortly before putting your shoes on, and see how it works for you.

4. Apply an antiperspirant

Antiperspirants for excessively sweaty feet are available at pharmacies and online. Or you can try the one you use for your armpits; you may not like how it feels on your feet, but it can help reduce sweating.

5. Treat your feet with soaks

For a tea soak, infuse a few teabags (black tea works best) in a quart (about 34 oz) of hot water. Let it cool down, and soak your feet in this infusion for 20 to 30 minutes. If you have the time, repeat the procedure twice daily.

For a baking soda soak, dissolve 3 or 4 teaspoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water and put your feet in this solution for about 20 minutes. Repeat twice a week.

For a vinegar soak, mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with a quart of water and place your feet in this mixture for 15 minutes. Repeat the procedure twice every week.

6. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day

Don’t put on the pair of shoes you wore the previous day; let them dry completely. If this is not an option, use a shoe dryer to always put on a dry pair of shoes.

These tips work differently for everyone, and if they weren’t effective for you, talk to a dermatologist about your problem. He or she can prescribe treatment to manage sweaty feet more effectively.

Source: HealthLine, LiveStrong, Prevention

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