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Sweaty feet (hyperhidrosis)

What is it?

Sweaty feet are usually caused by overactive sweat glands. The problem can be genetic.


What causes it?

Persistently sweaty feet, which can be embarrassing and cause discomfort.

Interdigital masceration caused by sweaty feet, this can be painful and potentially cause an infection

What are the symptoms?

  • Our podiatrist can advise on a daily foot hygiene routine and footwear, in order to minimise sweating and odour. This includes advice on the most effective soaps, creams and powders to treat the condition [2].

  • Deodorising insoles can also be prescribed, to help to absorb sweat.

What podiatry treatments are available?

Feet that are constantly perspiring, and may produce an odour. This can lead to an increased risk of athlete’s foot [1] and ingrowing toenails [1].


1.     Springett, K. and Johnson, M. (2010) The skin and nails in podiatry. In Frowen, P, O'Donnell M, Lorimer D & Burrow G. Neale's disorders of the foot. 8th edition. Churchill Livingstone, Elseview, Philadelphia.

2.     National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2013) Clinical knowledge summaries: Hyperhidrosis – management. [Online] Available at:!scenario.

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