There are various reasons why our feet sweat.
There are roughly 250,000 sweat glands on a pair of feet, which produce as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
Most people sweat when it’s hot out, or when they become warm. There are others, however, who sweat excessively almost all the time.
No one knows exactly why it occurs, but genetics is said to play a role, as individuals with sweaty feet commonly share their affliction with their families.
Additionally, some experts believe that conditions that cause people to sweat excessively regardless of their surroundings, such as hyperhidrosis, may have something to do with the sympathetic nervous system, but it is still unknown whether this is due to over-activity of the system or the sweat glands themselves.
Aside from genetics, excessive sweating is most commonly brought on by emotional stress or physical exertion.
Your feet may also be sweating due to the type of footwear you use. The biggest offenders are certain types of shoes and shoes that are made of plastic or some type of synthetic fabric lining. Nylon and 100% cotton socks act like a sponge and lock moisture in, which in turn keeps your feet wet at all times.
If your feet sweat excessively and are not treated properly, it is more than likely that itchiness, redness and foul odor will follow.
Luckily, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum of Delray Beach Podiatry is here to help!