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What is sweaty sock syndrome?

Sweaty sock syndrome is a condition which affects the skin on the sole of the foot. This condition affects children before puberty.

The cause is not clear however, it is suggested that alternating moist and dry conditions affecting the foot may be the the reason for this condition.

Risk factors

  • Children between the ages of 3 and 15 can develop the condition.
  • Children with a history of eczema or atopic conditions such as asthma.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Sweaty sock syndrome usually affects a child’s foot. common sites for children to develop this condition on their feet at under the big toe, the ball of the foot and the heel. In severe cases the entire foot may be affected.

The affected part of the foot will have a shiny red appearance. The skin my look tight and smooth.

The child may complain that the skin is dry even though it appears that they do sweat heavily.

It can present with painful cracks in the skin.

Can I treat it at home?

Yes, you can treat mild cases at home.

Keep the affected child’s skin clean and moist by applying a good moisturizing agent to the foot daily (even if there is a lot of sweating).

Use soap free body washes.

Prevent the child from wearing plastic or rubber shoes.

Change the child’s socks on a regular basis.

When to seek medical advise?

If the child’s skin does not improve with home remedies or if the cracks in their skin becomes painful you should seek the advise of a podiatrist.

Your podiatrist may need to remove hard skin and will advise you on the correct skin creams to use. The podiatrist may want to make use of a topical cortisone agent.

The podiatrist may also have to rule out the presence of a fungal infection.

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