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