Why Do I Have Sweaty Feet?

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

How many sweat glands are in one of your feet?  Not sure?  Go ahead and take a guess—250,000! A quick math problem promptly tells you that means a whopping 500,000 sweat glands are being enveloped each day in your socks and shoes. It’s no wonder that the feet get sweaty, but what happens when your feet sweat excessively?

A medical condition called hyperhidrosis can affect the feet and the palms of the hands. When this excessive sweating occurs on the soles of the feet, it is called plantar hyperhidrosis. 

The body sweats as a natural cooling mechanism, but for most people the sweat goes away so quickly through evaporation that it’s barely noticed. When sweating causes your feet and socks to be damp, the perfect breeding ground for bacteria is created. Toenail fungus and athlete’s foot are two common issues for people with this condition.  Foot odor may also occur. 

A variety of things may cause hyperhidrosis. Heredity may even play a role along with stress or being active. Remember that proper foot care can help with this foot problem. Wash and dry your feet regularly. Wear shoesthat have ventilation, and change your socks often to avoid wet feet. Shoes should be allowed to dry, so change them out on a regular basis. 

Are you concerned about sweaty feet? Are you having other foot pain concerns? Dr. Robert Parker and his knowledgeable staff will listen to your symptoms, and work with you to provide the best treatment options. Call the Houston, TX office today at (281) 497-2850, or schedule an appointment online.

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