Do you suffer from excessive perspiration or sweating of the hands and feet? You may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. While the causes of this condition are generally unknown, nervousness and anxiety, poor diet, and bad circulation are thought to have a large influences on it. Excessive swelling of the feet is commonly known as plantar hyperhidrosis. The mechanisms for plantar hyperhidrosis are over-active sweat glands. Sweat glands are found all over the body in different sizes.
Why are excessively sweaty feet bad? It's never good to have warm, wet feet that lack air flow and sunlight. This type of foot constriction creates what we call, “the perfect environment” for foot problems. Plantar hyperhidrosis can cause:
A few ways to begin to treat overly sweaty feet is to control their environment. Some ways to help prevent the effects of plantar hyperhidrosis is to:
Air out your shoes on a regularly basis- This includes putting them outside in the open air on a dry sunny day, throwing them in the washing machine, or spraying them with disinfectant sprays.
Change your socks regularly- Do you ever notice when your socks become solid and hard at the base? That's dried up sweat, dirty sweat. Cotton, wool, acrylic blends are all acceptable types of socks, but the point is to change them as regularly as possible; generally two or three times a day will make a great difference.
Give you feet a chance to breathe- We recommend at least 20 minutes a day of no socks and no shoes. Let your feet walk naturally without anything on them. It's best to do this around the house, in the mornings and in the evenings.
If this condition worsens or persists, you may need more assistance. For more information about excessively sweaty feet, contact the foot specialists at Healthmark Foot and Ankle today.
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