How to Prevent Sweaty Feet with Powder

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Apply powder while your feet are still dry for best results.
Apply powder while your feet are still dry for best results. (Image: feet image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Sweaty feet aren't just uncomfortable and embarrassing, the excess moisture actually puts your feet at risk of infection, warns the American Podiatric Medical Association. Bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments, making sweaty feet vulnerable to fungal infections and friction blisters. Baby and cornstarch powders absorb excess moisture, keeping your feet cool and reducing painful friction between your skin and your shoe material. Use a powder with menthol for an added cooling sensation. An effective way to stop sweaty feet is through preventative absorption with powder.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Towel

Wash and dry your feet thoroughly. Clean feet are less likely to infect any cuts or blisters.

Untwist the cap and sprinkle the powder into your hand. Liberally apply the powder to the soles of your feet. Pour additional powder into your hand and apply it in between your toes and along the back of your heels.

Hold your sock open and insert the entire upper half of the powder container into your sock. Sprinkle the powder throughout by shaking the container and your sock toe simultaneously. Put on your socks, but not your shoes until you have applied baby powder to the insoles.

Place your shoes on the ground and shake the powder over the insoles. Powder the toe region of your shoe by pouring extra powder in the heel and tapping the toe on the floor a few times. Reapply as often as necessary to keep your feet dry and soft.

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