How to keep your feet dry during your entire shift at work?
Our job in healthcare is all year round and not seasonal. We work when it is cold and when it is hot. But during summer time, when can have sweaty feet easily because of the heat and humidity, which can cause bad odor to be produced inside our shoes, which is quite embarrassing to our co-workers and loved ones.
Stress, hormonal changes, certain medications and some other medical conditions (hyperhydrosis) can also make our feet sweat a lot even when we are working at a temperature-controlled environment. So, how can we keep our feet dry? If you want to know the answers, keep on reading.
1. Practice good foot hygiene.
· Before wearing those shoes, wash your feet with antibacterial soap or cleanser, be sure to wash every part especially between the toes.
· Dry thoroughly, use some foot powder, baking soda, and cornstarch. Sometimes, you may need to use antifungal powder too
· Wear moisture absorbing socks. Bring an extra pair to work just in case you need a change of pair of socks.
2. Choose the right shoes
* Mesh or fabric materials are great to allow your shoes to breath, allowing air to circulate and prevent moisture to build up inside the shoes
* Adding moisture absorbing shoe inserts would also be helpful
3. Using foot antiperspirant
· When we mention antiperspirants, we would think right away that they are for our armpits. But, there are foot antiperspirants out there in the market and they come in forms of lotion, powder and even wipes and roll-on. They can provide dryness for almost 24 hours after application.
Still can’t control it? Consult with your primary care provider.
Treatment options include:
1. Prescription roll-on antiperspirants
* The active ingredient in this product is aluminum chloride hexahydrate. For underarm use, the concentration is about 10-15% but for foot use, it is about 30%. It works by temporary blocking sweat pores thus reduces sweating.
2. Botox injections
* This contains small amount of botulinum toxin which when injected, prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (it stimulates the release of sweat), thus sweating is inhibited.
* The exact mechanism of action on how this prevents sweating is not completely understood. But it is believed that the ions produced by the machine temporarily blocks the sweat glands, preventing the release of sweat on hands and feet.
Sweaty feet is sometimes inevitable, but preventable. Find and try the best solution for you and keep those feet dry and happy!!!