Barrie Foot Clinic
The Perils of Sweaty Feet!!
The Perils Of Sweaty Feet!!
Our feet contain 250,000 sweat glands. Sweating is our body’s way of regulating our internal thermometer. Sweat in itself does not smell, being composed of only water and salt. The condition of smelly feet known as bromidrosis occurs when the feet are always covered in shoes and socks and the sweat does not evaporate. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. These two elements have a foul odour.
Some people sweat more than others. Certain hereditary conditions, hyperthyroid conditions, low blood sugar and low levels of male hormones may cause increased sweating.
The problems associated with excessive sweating of the feet are:
1. Athletes Foot (or tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin, usally on the bottom part of the foot and in between the toes.
2. Fungal infections of the nails (or onychomycosis). Fungal infections of the nails can be very hard to treat. The fungus breaks down the nail and causes thickness, yellowing and foul odour.
3. Bacterial infections can occur between the toes and around the nails.
What Can Be Done??
Wear moisture wicking socks (ie: sweat socks) instead of nylon. Air out footwear at night, even pulling out the insoles if possible. Change insoles regularly if they begin to smell.
Certain products and treatments are available to address any of the above problems and can be obtained at The Barrie Foot Clinic and possibly at your local pharmacy.