What are sweaty soles?
Sweaty soles of your feet are often caused by a condition known as Hyperhydrosis. This is when a person sweats excessively in a small, limited area.This usually affects armpits, palms, forehead, and sometimes the soles of the feet. When feet have hyperhydrosis, also known as plantar hyperhydrosis, this moisture soaks through socks easily. Wet soles and socks can lead to rashes of the soles, smelly feet, and fungal infections. Sandals and shoes without socks can worsen the effects of the condition.
There are two types of Hyperhidrosis, Primary Focal and Secondary Generalized. Primary Focal is when the excess sweating is not caused by another medical condition, or is not a side effect of medications and Secondary generalized, is. With secondary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating usually starts in adulthood, whereas primary hyperhidrosis starts in childhood or adolescence. Both can be treated with Botulinum toxin (Botox) but it is advisable to have a doctor’s consultation to determine if a medication or medical condition is causing it.
What can be done?
The treatment with Botox injections is very quick and simple. An aesthetic cream is applied and left on for about 20 minutes. The doctor then determines what part of the feet have the most issue with sweating so that a larger amount of the Botox is injected there. The soles of the feet are injected with a very tiny needle in a grid pattern. The treatment takes about 30 minutes. There is no aftercare needed.
- Rule out medical causes of hyperhydrosis.
- Always wear socks with shoes.
Drysol or other aluminum containing powders.
- Botulinum toxin (e.g. Botox) injected into the soles can keep feet dry for about six months.
- Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe, and avoid shoes made of rubber.
- Change your socks at least once times per day.
- Wear synthetic socks instead of nylon, or 100% cotton.
- Use anti-fungal foot spray or foot powders.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing or otherwise getting them wet. Use a hairdryer to ensure that they are dry, apply and antiperspirant to the bottom of your feet.
- Wash your feet daily.
- Wash your shoes regularly.
- Rotate your shoes and allow them to dry out between uses.