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Tips for Managing Excessively Sweaty Feet

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silhouette of long songsWith March Madness in full swing, you might be working up a sweat cheering for your favorite team. The $5 spicy wings and draft beer you can get if you show up to Red Bar and Lounge at Hotel Irvine in fan gear might also be helping, but one place you don’t want to be feeling clammy is in your shoes. Excessively sweaty feet might not only cause anxiety from potential odor and making your socks look like you hiked shoeless through a bog, but all that moisture can increase your risk of a foot infection as well. Here are some tips to help keep dry when your feet turn up the sweat.

The first, and possibly most important step in managing sweaty feet (aka hyperhidrosis) is to make sure you keep them clean. Wash them completely with antibacterial soap daily, and make sure to get between your toes.

Once clean and dried, apply some cornstarch or foot powder to your feet. Also consider an over-the-counter antiperspirant, which isn’t just for your underarms. You can apply it to your feet as well, and it can be even more effective when you apply it before bed in addition to during your morning routine.

Now let’s consider your socks. You want fabrics that draw moisture away from your feet instead of holding it. Many natural or acrylic blends will wick moisture away from your feet, and some synthetic blends are made for doing so as well. Try to avoid cotton socks, which absorb moisture but tend to hold it against your feet. Even with a good pair of socks, you may want to have an extra pair stashed with you to change into on a particularly sweaty day. Make sure you change your shoes, too. Alternate your shoes daily to give the previous pair a chance to dry.

Sweaty feet can be an embarrassing condition, but don’t hide it from the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute. Too few people who suffer from hyperhidrosis seek medical help, and we have treatments and techniques that can help you turn down the waterworks even further. Schedule an appointment with us by calling toll-free (888) 796-6631. You can also reach our Irvine location at (949) 833-3406 or our Victorville location at (760) 951-2000.

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