Summer Time Sweats

Summer is here and several things are upon us:

  1. Crazy, school worn children are home and free to roam.
  2. Summer time blues, which I never understood because summer is an enjoyable part of the year.
  3. Summer time sweats. Probably the more concerning, although bored children can be quite dangerous, especially to the neighborhood cat.

What about the summer time sweats, should you be concerned about, and what can you do about it?

Feet sweat, end of story. It doesnt mean you are dirty or diseased. You wrap your foot in a wool/cotton jacket and place it in some leather, concealing device, your foot is going to sweat. So what? The following is the so what, that you should be concerned about.

  • Odor sweaty feet lead to aroma because of bacteria. Its not an aroma that attracts people BUT flies. Joking about the flies.
  • Fungus a fungus loves a dark, moist environment. A sweaty foot in a shoe is a 5 star hotel for our little friends. You add a hot, humid climate like that found in southeast Texas and you have added free room service.
  • Blisters increased sweating with increased friction in a shoe increases your chance of those pesky blisters that always hurt. Common places for blisters are:
  • Back of your heel
  • Ball of your foot
  • Outside of your foot
  • Tips of your toes

What can you do?

  • Choose shoes that allow your feet to breathe, so to speak.
  • Nylon mesh athletic shoes
  • Leather
  • Rotate shoe gear. If youre an athletic person, have multiple pairs so you can rotate. They do not dry over night.
  • Use odor fighting products in your shoes at the end of the day. This works great when you are rotating your shoes. We carry these products.
  • Wash, Wash, Wash. Take the time to soap your feet, and yes IN BETWEEN THE TOES, each day.
  • Socks that allow your feet to breathe as well.
  • Cotton
  • Acrylic
  • Wool
  • AVOID: Nylon and Polyester
  • Proper fitting socks and shoes will also reduce friction/rubbing AND reduce the risk of blisters. How many times must I say that proper fitting shoes are IMPORTANT? As often as necessary.

If you are in the need of foot/ankle care, please contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit

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Category: Foot Problems

Tags: Foot Odor, Sweaty Feet