Hyperhidrosis of the feet (plantar hyperhidrosis) is a common problem, and many people have sweaty feet. Constantly sweating feet feel soggy, can ruin shoes and can leave damp foot prints when walking without shoes. The feet being wet all the time can also lead to fungal and bacterial infections.
It is made worse by wearing synthetic shoes and man-made fibre socks.
Plantar hyperhidrosis is often associated with an unpleasant odour, maceration of the toes and fungal infections.
The smell of sweaty feet comes from the bacteria that thrive in warm moist conditions, so wash often and wear leather shoes or sandals and 100% cotton socks. Change your socks often, and don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row – give them time to dry out properly. Go barefoot whenever possible.
Antiperspirants can be very effective.
Silver or copper impregnated socks are recommended as are bamboo insoles that can help wick sweat away from the skin.
Iontophoresis is very effective for most people if aluminium chloride antiperspirants don't work.
Botulinum Toxin treatment (Botox) is not licensed in the UK for hyperhidrosis of the feet, and surgery is not generally recommended.
If it is just your feet that are affected then you could see a podiatrist who can help manage the hyperhidrosis and other problems that are often associated with persistently wet feet.
You can find a podiatrist using the search facilities on the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists or the College of Podiatry.