Sweaty Feet

Sweaty Feet – Hyperhidrosis & Bromhidrosis

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the result of overactive sweat glands mainly on the plantar surface of the feet. Sweating usually occurs when there is physical exertion/stress, with emotional stress or secondary to an endocrine disorder such as hypothyroidism.  The skin may become macerated & fissured due to this excessive sweating, or there may be an increased build up of plantar callus due to increased friction in footwear.

What is Bromhidrosis?

Bromhidrosis occurs when perspiration & bacteria react with one another to cause decomposition of the bacteria, & the result is a pungent odour.  This condition is most commonly seen in adolescents & young adults.  Bromhidrosis can be quite an embarrassing condition due to the fact that the odour can be detectable even without removing the footwear.

Hyperhidrosis & Bromhidrosis can be associated with the development of Tinea Pedis, which is a fungal infection affecting the skin & nails.  The fungi thrive in the moist
conditions provided by excessive sweating & enclosed, occlusive footwear.

Treatment of Hyperhidrosis & Bromhidrosis

There are various combined treatments that can help manage these conditions.

Personal Hygiene

  • Wash feet 2 – 3 times daily using a mild soap or antiseptic lotion.
  • Dry feet thoroughly after washing.

Footwear

  • Use well ventilated sports shoes with specifically designed synthetic uppers that are breathable.
  • Allow footwear to dry out completely between wears, preferably in sunlight.
  • Wear thick, absorbent socks during sporting activities to absorb perspiration & prevent occlusion of the skin.

Consult your podiatrist for additional management of your foot problem.

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