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Have you ever had to leave a room because you know the odor circulating is that of your feet? Has the shoe salesman ever told you that you smell? For some people these uncomfortable situations are a result of a podiatric condition called Hyperhidrosis. There are a few types of Hyperhidrosis but today I will focus on Plantar Hyperhidrosis, which deals with the feet.
Our bodies' ability to sweat is controlled by our sympathetic nervous system. It is the part of our nervous system that controls parts of our bodies that we don't consciously control. Our body reacts to things happening both inside and outside of our body in order to make all the systems run smoothly. Sweating is the way we are able to cool ourselves. Although the finite explanation of what causes Hyperhidrosis is still unknown, most professionals believe that it is a problem of overloading the sympathetic nervous system.
So what is the best way to deal with this problem? That's a hard question. Suffering from this condition can occur from a myriad of factors. The best solution may be something you and your podiatric physician discuss together individually. That being said, here are a few tips to help maintain cleanly foot health.

- Wash your feet twice a day with anti-bacterial soapy water. Don't overdue the hot water though, as this may cause more sweating. Finishing the foot bath with cold water may also help.
- Make sure to dry your feet with a clean, dry towel.
- A coat of astringent with a bit of talcum powder with help close pores and keep feet dry.
- Clean socks is a must. If you find your socks wet during the day, keep a pair of clean extra socks handy to change into.
- Try to change the pair of shoes you wear daily. Using the same pair over and over again can lead to more bacteria.

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