We’ve had some scorching hot weather over the past couple weeks. And with hot weather, comes sweat – and that includes foot sweat!
Sweaty Feet can be a result of many things. From exercise to warm weather (like this latest heatwave), your feet can sweat like the rest of your body – although the discomfort is slightly different. If it’s persistent, excessive or unaddressed, sweaty feet can lead to Foot Odour, Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Fungus. It also makes you more susceptible to Foot Blisters.
While foot sweat is totally normal, sometimes it can be made worse by other health issues, like a condition called Hyperhidrosis. This condition only affects approximately 5% of the population, so check in with your Chiropodist.
Feet First can help you with any foot odour, foot fungus or toenail fungus. Here are also some tips you can incorporate into your routine at home to help with your sweaty feet:
Wash Your Feet Regularly
Aside from a bath or shower, give your feet an extra cleanup throughout the day. Especially during the dog days of summer when the weather can be extra humid.
A simple way to help your sweaty feet is to wash your feet whenever you come in from outdoors, regardless of whether you are jumping in the shower or not. Regularly washing your feet will keep them clean and reduce sweating and any associated odour.
When you do wash your feet, make sure you also dry them thoroughly – especially in between the toes! Moisture can often get trapped between the toes, making it a favourite spot for fungi to set up shop.
Soak Feet in Black Tea
The tannins from black tea help to close your skin’s pores, thus reducing sweating.
For a black tea foot soak, pour boiling water in your foot bath or basin, and put in 2 black tea bags. Allow the temperature to cool enough for comfort, and relax with your feet in the tub for 20 minutes.
Apply Rubbing Alcohol
Dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol between your toes or on the other sweaty areas on your feet. This works wonders to dry out your sweat glands; however, make sure you don’t overdo it! Rubbing alcohol is an astringent, so if you use it too much or too often, you could be facing dry and scaly skin.
Use Anti-Fungal Foot Powder
These powders contain coolants such as menthol to help alleviate sweaty feet. Foot powders help to keep your feet dry and odour-free. Another DIY remedy straight out of your kitchen cupboard is cornstarch. A quick dusting of your feet with this baking supply will help keep your feet dry; however cornstarch does not contain the same anti-fungal properties as a medicated powder.
Choose Proper Footwear
Make sure whatever you wear is breathable. Canvas material and engineered mesh (like what you will find in running shoes) is great and designed with sweaty feet in mind. They offer ventilation and improve the airflow to your feet. Breathable leather (or a vegan alternative, like EVA or Birkenstock’s Birko-Flor), cork (found in Birkenstock, Mephisto and Naot shoes) and a synthetic product called Ortholite (commonly found in the footbeds and insoles of Clarks, Mephisto and ASICS products) also helps to combat sweaty feet.
Make sure you are not suffering for fashion either. When shoes are too narrow and cram your toes, that friction increases sweat production.
Insoles are a great help too. We Have Amazing Options Available Here at Feet First! Check out our selection of Superfeet Insoles designed with sweaty feet in mind for the athlete out on the trails, court, or ice!
Bring a Spare Pair of Socks
Always a great tip but often overlooked! Bringing a spare pair of socks to work or your workout will help refresh your feet throughout your day, so you can avoid the stress of unwanted foot sweat. The joyful feeling of a fresh pair of socks on your feet is so underrated!
Need Help with Your Sweaty Feet?
Whether it’s looking for proper footwear, from insoles to socks to shoes or needing help with your athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, Feet First Clinic is here to help! Call us today and book your appointment at 416-769-3338!