Sweaty Feet???

Sweaty feet, also known as Hyperhidrosis, is a common foot disorder. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, hyperhidrosis affects approximately 5% of the population worldwide. Hyperhidrosis is an abnormal excessive sweating that occurs inherently but some disorders may contribute to this condition. Some common conditions that may cause excessive sweating of the feet include Pregnancy, Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, Menopause, Obesity, Parkinson’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lymphoma, Gout, or infections. 

Severe cases of hyperhidrosis can cause secondary conditions of the foot such as Athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis), pitted keratolysis (a superficial bacterial skin infection that affects the soles of the feet, and less often, the palms of the hands), and smelly feet.

The doctors at Professional Foot and Ankle Center in Burbank and Rancho Palos Verdes believe that good hygiene is a must. Dr. Shadi Yadegaran and Dr. Armin Feradouni recommend washing feet daily with antibacterial soap. You want to make sure that you wash between the toes and thoroughly dry feet. Once feet are dried, it is recommended to apply antifungal foot powder to help keep feet dry and odor free. It is also recommended to wear moisture wicking socks (Ex: CoolMax, Dri-Tech, or Merino wool). Even though cotton socks absorb moisture, they do not wick the moisture away from the skin and are not recommended. Choose shoes that are made of breathable material such as leather and avoid shoes made of plastic. Dr. Shadi Yadegaran and Dr. Armin Feradouni recommend changing socks mid-way through the day to reduce moisture build-up. 

If sweaty feet persists, one can apply antiperspirant deodorant. It is recommended to apply the deodorant before bed and washing it off in the morning. The antiperspirant deodorant should contain Aluminum Chloride (Ex: Driclor Roll-on, Certain DRI, or Hydrosal Professional Antiperspirant). 

Other treatments that may be used to assist with treating sweaty feet include oral prescription medications, likely Anticholinergics.  An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at synapses in the central and the peripheral nervous system. These agents inhibit parasympathetic nerve impulses by selectively blocking the binding of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to its receptor in nerve cells. 

Botox injections can temporarily control excessive sweating of the feet. Botox injections use botulinum toxin to block the nerve signals responsible for sweating, stopping the sweat glands from producing too much sweat.

Iontophoresis has been used to treat excessive sweating on the hands and feet since the 1940s. During iontophoresis, a medical device is used to pass a mild electrical current through water (usually using shallow pans for hands or feet) and through the skin's surface. There are no significant or serious side effects and the benefits are long-term, provided you keep up with the maintenance schedule your doctor recommends (usually once per week). Due to its moderate cost, it is not used often but the device may be purchased online.

Dr. Shadi Yadegaran and Dr. Armin Feradouni at Professional Foot and Ankle Center serving the Burbank, CA area and its surrounding cities (Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood, Valley Village, Toluca Lake), and Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and its surrounding cities (San Pedro, Wilmington, Lomita, Torrance, Redondo Beach).

For more information and booking an appointment, please visit our website at www.profootandanklecenter.com.

Armin Feradouni, DPM Podiatrist in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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