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When Sweaty, Smelly Feet Are Not Normal

When the sweat on your feet gets trapped by unnatural shoe fibers or tight shoes and cannot evaporate quickly enough, this allows bacteria to begin to break the sweat down. This process is actually what creates the foul odor associated with feet. If you do not wash the sweat away or allow your shoes to air out properly, your feet and shoes will remain smelly. Warm climates, physical exercise, and certain types of shoes can naturally make feet sweat at times. This type of sweat is normal, as it is the body’s way of regulating temperature. However, if none of these factors is present and your feet are sweating persistently and excessively, this may be a condition called palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. If you find that you sweat through your socks, or that your feet slip and slide around in your shoes, or are always wet and white looking, you may have palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. Also, your feet may smell due to being continuously wet, creating an environment where bacteria are always working to break the sweat down. All of these symptoms can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and disruptive to daily life. If you believe you may have palmoplantar hyperhidrosis, make an appointment with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat your condition. They may present treatment options ranging from topical medications and antiperspirants, to botox injections. In severe cases, a process using a mild electrical current through water may be successful in helping to regulate your sweat glands.


If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of Romeo Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Washington and Shelby Townships, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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