Sweating is part of our body’s natural response to several factors both external and internal. It is a natural response to excessive heat wherein our body tries to lower internal body temperature. But once it becomes a bit difficult to control and becomes excessive, this becomes a problem. Excessive sweating can result to negative effects such as bad odor, and this is often seen in the feet.
Symptoms Accompanying Sweaty Feet
- Soles that easily gets wet and moist
- Softening of the skin on the feet
- Foot odor
- Cracked and scaled skin
Foot care is essential for diabetics. Cracked skin can be a convenient portal for infection. Diabetics should consult a podiatrist if excessive sweating is causing foot cracks. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot problems.
Home Remedies for Sweaty Feet
- Vinegar: Take two teaspoons of natural vinegar with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day. Make sure that you take these 30 minutes prior and after a given meal to assure that your stomach is empty.
- Coconut Oil: Mix 10mgs of camphor and coconut oil in a bowl. Apply the mixture in your feet.
- Lavender Oil: Lavender helps in killing the bad bacteria from your feet. Apply few drops into and massage your feet every night. Cover with socks made of cotton or those made from natural fabrics to ensure that sweat will not be trapped inside the socks and cause bad odor.
- Cornstarch: Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch inside your shoes to minimize/ neutralize odor.
- Water: Even as simple as water can help treat your sweaty feet. Submit yourself to a footbath with alterations between warm (not too hot) and cool (not too cold) to reduce the blood flow on the foot thus minimizing perspiration.
- Soak your feet in a warm footbath.
- Once removed from the warm water, immediately soak it on the cool footbath. It is best if the cool footbath contains 1 to 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and ice cubes.
- After the bath, rub your feet with alcohol.
- Ginger Root: Ginger is also a big help to eliminate the bad odor of a sweaty feet since it helps in removing toxins and stops bacterial growth.
- Smash a medium sized ginger root and boil it in a cup of hot water for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the water to remove the particles using a coffee filter.
- Make sure the water is not hot
- Use the remaining clear liquid as a liniment to your feet and gently massage it every night.
- Maintain this nightly routine for two weeks to achieve desired result.
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112