4 Causes and Remedies for Sweaty Feet in Winter

Have you ever questioned why your feet perspire, even during winter? While many think that sweating or foot odor only happens in summer, there are a number of factors that contribute to this issue in the winter months. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some causes and remedies for sweaty feet.

What Causes Sweaty Feet?

Your footwear. During the colder months, we typically wear warmer, insulated footwear. When your feet are enclosed in footwear that doesn’t allow them to breathe, bacteria thrive.

Changes in temperature. Changes in temperature – such as when you go back inside after walking outside in the snow or slush – make your feet work harder to control the temperature, and in doing so, they sweat.

Drier skin. Because the air is so much drier during winter, our skin tends to dry out quicker, providing food for the bacteria that can cause feet to smell.

Layering thick socks. Wearing several pairs of socks can keep your feet warm and toasty, but it also seals the sweat in, causing foot odor. Wearing two or more pairs of socks can cause friction, which can cause corns or calluses to develop, resulting in excessive sweating and odor.

Remedies for Sweaty Feet

There are several things you can do to prevent foot odor this winter.

  • If your shoes or boots get wet, wear a different pair the next day until they dry out completely.
  • Exfoliate your feet to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin.
  • Take off your warm boots as soon as you’re back inside so they can air out and so your feet don’t overheat.
  • Change layers of socks often if you tend to sweat a lot and wear socks that wick moisture away.
  • To give your feet a chance to air out, wear breathable footwear.

Follow these tips from Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists and you can enjoy warm, toasty feet this winter that don’t sweat or stink.  If you find that your feet are still sweating, contact our office at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

 

Are Your Shoes Causing Problems With Your Feet?

Properly-fitting footwear should have little or no negative impact on our health. Poorly chosen and incorrectly-fitting footwear can harm our feet. If footwear is incorrect, short-term problems can become long-term and create a reluctance to pursue activities such as walking. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is discussing some issues that may be caused by poorly-fitting shoes.

Corns: Corns are a lump of dead, hard skin that occurs over a bony bump, like a joint. In many cases, they are caused by sustained pressure to the specific area, typically from poorly fitting footwear. Loose shoes can cause your foot to rub and slide and cause corns.

Nail problems: Wearing socks with shoes that don’t fit properly and are too tight puts too much pressure on the sides of the toes and can push the skin into the nail plate, causing an ingrown toenail. Avoid wearing tight footwear and hosiery that can cause damage to the toenail through recurring trauma. This can also create a moist environment in which toenail fungus can occur.

Athlete’s foot: This condition is caused by a fungal species that live on the skin. It causes  inflammation, flaking of the skin, and intense itching. The condition is simultaneously uncomfortable, unsightly, and extremely contagious. Wear light, breathable shoes that won’t lock in moisture or overheat your feet. If possible, try alternating the shoes you wear to give each pair a chance to dry out between uses thoroughly.

Collapsed arches: Fallen arches, more commonly known as flat feet, occurs when a person’s feet have no or low arches and, therefore, they press flat against the ground. This typically happens when there is tightness in the Achilles tendon and the muscles at the back of the leg when walking.

Preventative Steps

The answer to avoiding these problems in both the long and short term is quite simple. Be mindful of the footwear you buy, and how often you wear a particular style. A change in footwear will encourage and enable you to walk farther and for more extended periods, leading to a healthier lifestyle.

If you’re experiencing any issues with your feet, or want to be sure you’re wearing properly-fitting footwear, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.