Learning how to stop sweaty feet in all honesty is impossible but I can tell you how to minimize the amount of sweat your feet produce, how to deal with the sweat effectively and products that will help mitigate your issues.
My name is Mike Anderson and I have had sweaty feet all my life and went on a quest to cure or stop my sweaty feet from running my life. My website, Sweaty Feet Solutions contains every bit of information and knowledge that you need to to stop your sweaty feet from being a problem.
Whether you have Hyperhidrosis or just mildly sweaty feet you will find a lot of the answers you are looking for here. This like a lot of my articles are very lengthy but I assure you it is worth your time. I try to break up the dullness with minor bits of attempted humor here and there. Please also remember I am not a doctor and what works for me may not work for you, this is just my humble advice and opinions! Anyway I wish you all the best in stopping your sweaty feet from troubling you and hope you find my information helpful!
How To Stop Sweaty Feet – Solutions, Products and Advice
The basics of how to stop sweaty feet consist of:
- Foot Hygiene & Care
- Topical Skin Treatment
- Selecting the Best Socks
- Selecting the Best Shoes
- Shoe & Sock Maintenance
Foot Hygiene & Care
This may seem like an elementary subject but when you are trying to stop sweaty feet dead in their tracks, (Ha ha get it… dead in their tracks) it is important to start with the basics and work your way up. If you start at the beginning you also minimize the chances of failure while promoting the best or most optimal outcome of success.
There is bacteria on your feet, yes even the pretty lil lady in the corner has bacteria all over her feet. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist, dark areas and your feet encased within your shoes is the perfect breeding ground. Oh and we can throw fungus into the mix also!
Do your sweaty feet ever stink? If so then look down and wave to the character named: Kytococcus Sedentarius (Pronounced: kite-oh-KAH-kus SEH-den-tair-ee-us). He or she is the bacteria that is causing the odor.
How to wash your feet
Washing your feet well once if not twice a day is very important if you want to stop sweaty feet, especially if they smell. Even if you have no noticeable odor it is still mandatory because you need to prep your skin for the topical skin treatment that you will want to be applying to your feet. If you do not wash your feet well there will be salt residue, sock fibers and oils left on your feet that will prevent the topical treatments from working to the best of their abilities.
Here are a few tips about washing your feet:
- Try using Defense brand soap or something with tea tree oil in it. This will help kill any bacteria or fungus living on your feet.
- Use a scrub brush made for feet. This helps get them really clean but more importantly will reach under your nails and into small crevices.
- Soaking your feet for 30 minutes in Tea Tree oil or Apple Vinegar/water (20%/80%) can be very helpful in eliminating odor and bacteria.
- Rub your feet with hand sanitizer to disinfect your feet, this will also remove any water that you could not get off with a towel.
- Make sure that you keep your shower clean and sanitized.
- Use a clean towel every day to dry your feet and use bleach when you wash your towels.
Proper foot care
Keeping your nails trimmed short will help keep bacteria from being trapped under them. It also makes it easier to apply typical treatments and to wash your feet. If you have dry or cracked feet, any skin problems for that matter then I would highly recommend using a product called bag balm.
Bag balm has been around since 1899 and was originally intended for use on dairy cows udders. It is an amazing product that will heal cracked, rough or dry skin. Literally this is one of those 1 in a million miracle solutions that actually work.
Topical Skin Treatment For Stopping Sweaty Feet
Now that your feet are clean it is time to add a topical treatment to your feet. These treatments will help slow down or stop the rate at which your feet sweat. There is no way to realistically project the results of each product since every person’s body chemistry is different but I will say that you will find nothing better for your foot sweat than what is listed below.
I use two different topical treatments to stop sweaty feet:
- Sweat Shield Ultra – Awesome product! Apply once a week to significantly reduce sweating.
- Medline Antiperspirant – This is the real deal and the absolute best antiperspirant I have found to date.
No foot powder?
Most people that are trying to stop sweaty feet will pack on the foot powder. Makes sense right? Well it does makes sense unless you have sweaty feet and here is why.
What is foot powder is supposed accomplish:
- Absorb sweat
- Keep your feet dry
- Make them smell good
It does all those thing to an extent and may be a great option for people with light or normal foot sweat. For us heavy sweaters it only helps for a small amount of time and then actually makes the problem worse. Mind that this is my own opinion from personal experience and research.
When you apply the powder it feels good and will absorb the sweat on your feet. This will only work until the powder has met its maximum absorption capacity. Picture each molecule of foot powder as a tiny sponge. When the sponge is full of sweat it stops working and can not absorb any more moisture from your feet. My point is if you have excessively sweaty feet that the powder becomes absorbed so quickly that it is providing a benefit that is so short lived that it is not helpful.
Besides the ineffectiveness of the foot powder to last more than a couple hours there is a long term disadvantage that will cause your feet to sweat more. After the foot powder has become fully absorbed with sweat, the sweat can not evaporate efficiently or be wicked away from the feet by your socks (more on socks later). The powder is now holding moisture and it can’t get rid of it.
This is why I do not use any type of foot powder anymore and feel that it does not help to stop sweaty feet.
Recommended topical treatments to stop sweaty feet
I only use two topical treatments on my sweaty feet.
Sweat Shield Ultra
This is hands down the number one product to stop sweaty feet and other effects of Hyperhidrosis (extreme sweating). It is easy to use and has worked really well for me and many other people. You must make sure that your feet are very clean before applying it though. It is the only “no sweat” product that I have used that made a real difference and I highly recommend it.
- Easy pre moistened wipes, simply pat on and allow to dry.
- Apply only once per six or seven days.
- 10 treatments per box and very economical.
- 100% FDA compliant and is made in the USA.
- Best topical treatment for hyperhidrosis and excessive foot sweating.
- Don’t take my word for it, read tons of five star reviews on amazon.
Medline MedSpa Antiperspirant
My go to antiperspirant that I use on a daily basis for my feet. The combination of Sweat guard used weekly and the Medline Antiperspirant used daily has been the most effective treatment for my sweaty feet that I have found. I normally do not like roll on deodorant/antiperspirant because it takes a few minutes to dry but the minor inconvenience is well worth the effectiveness of the product.
- Cost effective
- Will not dry out your skin
- No heavy scent and will not stain
- Works significantly better than other commercial brands
- Rolls on smoothly but takes a few minutes to dry
The Best Socks to Stop Sweaty Feet
Wearing the proper socks that have extraordinary wicking capabilities will greatly help your feet stay dry. I have found the most amazing socks that you will love! I have an entire article covering the best socks for sweaty feet and other articles covering the best dress socks and winter socks. I would take a look at that article since socks are one of the best things you can do to stop sweaty feet.
The Best Shoes for Sweaty Feet
In order to stop sweaty feet you need to have decent shoes that are well vented so the moisture from within your shoes and socks can escape. I have an entire article covering the best shoes for sweaty feet and also the best boots for sweaty feet. Shoes are another very important factor that should not be ignored if you have sweaty feet.
Medical Treatment to Stop Sweaty Feet
I am not the type of guy that likes to take any medication or seek medical treatment unless I really need it. With that being said here is some brief information about how to stop sweaty feet with medical intervention. Remember I am not a doctor and have no first hand experience with any of these options and only can offer information and thoughts. You can read more about medical treatments here.
Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Botox used for treating hypohydrosis has been approved by the FDA since the year 2004. It does stop sweaty feet but only temporarily and will require follow up injections. It is very effective in treating hyperhidrosis but is only recommended in sever cases that can not be controlled topically.
“researchers found Botox continued to be effective with repeated treatment. After the first treatment, 82% had up to a 75% reduction in sweat production in four weeks after the injection.”
This classification of drugs are not specifically made to stop sweating but they do have that side effect. This is something that you should consult with a doctor on.
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS)
ETS surgery should only be used in extreme cases. Basically what happens in laymen’s terms is that a surgeon will cut you open and cut the nerves that control your sweat glands thus stopping the sweat glands from secreting sweat.