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The Hand-Shake: A Sweaty Situation?

So many important moments in life are sealed with a hand-shake, and simultaneously we are judged by this same action.  The shake can initially be a stressful social necessity, due to the technique of how much strength use, and for how long, but many have an added concern…  how sweaty will it be.

Hands and feet, like the rest of your body, sweat but some feet sweat a lot more.  Extremely sweaty feet can affect any age, generally runs in families, and is called hyperhidrosis.  It is not always known why this occurs, but is the result of sweat glands secreting an excessive amount of sweat, and not just in response to increased temperatures, but also to stress and emotional situations.  This often occurs body-wide, but is more noticeable on the feet and hands due to the glands being more dense there.  Though this condition is not generally a concern to your health, it can be very embarrassing and cause social withdrawal from situations in which the feet are bare or close to other people, such as at a spa or swimming pool.

There are many options for treating and living with this condition.  Investing in good socks that will absorb the sweat away from your skin and wearing a clean pair daily is a good place to start.  Choose shoes that are well ventilated and allow the shoes to air out over night before wearing them again.  Antiperspirant can be applied directly to the foot to decreased the secretion of sweat, and if this does not affect them enough there are several creams and sprays, both over the counter and prescription, that are more powerful and can help manage the condition, but will not cure it.  Several other treatments, such as iontophoresis and oral medications have been shown to actually treat or correct the condition.  If all else fails, the possibility of a surgical treatment, called a sympathectomy, may be an option, but generally only if all other options have failed.

If excessively sweaty feet is a concern for you, First Coast Foot & Ankle Cliniccan help.  Make an appointment today.  Dr. Reddywill rule out more serious causes for the excessive sweating, discuss what treatment is best for you, and get you headed to a drier tomorrow.

Tebow to the Jacksonville Jaguars: Stinky Situation for Jag Fans

069 Tim_Tebow_New_York_Jets_Press_Conference_Tebow_Wins_AgainTim Tebow, previously with the Denver Broncos, has been traded.  Too much of the dismay of many Tebow fans in Jacksonville FL, the UF graduate was not picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the New York Jets.  Although Tebow is very “excited” about this, fans in the North Florida area thinks the situation stinks!

What can really stink is after a long day of anticipation and perspiration, it’s time to unwind, kick off your shoes and put your feet up. If you’re like many people, it can be a bit of an eye-opener and nose-tingler the moment your shoes and socks hit the floor.

Sweaty feet (hyperhidrosis) and smelly feet (bromhidrosis) are two common and conditions of the foot. Some cases are caused by:

  • Systemic (“whole body”) conditions such as anemia (low blood count)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Most cases have a “local to the foot” cause

The main issue feeding foot odor is sweat. Our feet are among the most perspiring parts of the body- able to produce more than a pint of sweat in a single day! Sweat alone doesn’t have a distinctive smell. The smell from sweating is caused by bacteria on our skin that eats the sweat and excretes waste, causing the stink! It’s perfectly normal to have bacteria on your skin but it doesn’t always produce a noticeable smell.

So do sweaty, smelly, feet happen to begin with?

  1. Wearing shoes or socks made of synthetic materials contributes to the production of excessive perspiration and the bacteria growth that causes this condition and odor
  2. Most footwear is made of synthetic materials- especially tennis shoes. Many synthetic materials don’t “breathe” very well and therefore,
  3. The sweat our feet excrete can’t easily escape into the air like the sweat our hands excrete — it all collects on our skin and in our socks.
  4. The bacteria thrive in this kind of environment by feeding on the excess sweat.
  5. When you take off your shoes the foul odor that hits you is all the bacteria excretion that’s collected on your feet and in your socks and shoes.

What’s a person with smelly and/or sweaty feet to do?!!

  1.  Decrease the amount of bacteria on your feet
  2.  Decrease the amount of sweat that collects on your feet and in your shoes

How to Reduce Bacteria:

  •  Wash your feet with anti-bacterial soap
  •  Wear clean socks everyday
  •  Give a pair of shoes 24 or more hours to air out before wearing again

How to Reduce Sweat:

  •  Wear well-ventilated shoes instead of very constrictive shoes, such as boots
  •  Always wear socks, preferably made of cotton or other absorbent materials
  •  Change socks multiple times per day, if possible
  •  Apply antiperspirant to your feet

If your foot odor or sweating is excessive and basic remedies are not helping, make an appointment to visit Dr. Reddy at the First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic.