MD Podiatrist Discusses Socks and Hyperhidrosis

Wearing the right socks is important for your foot health – especially if you have hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive perspiration. “If the excess sweat remains against the skin, it encourages overgrowth of germs like bacteria and fungi,” board-certified podiatrist Dan Michaels DPM states. “Wet skin is also more easily damaged, which can lead to blisters and infection,” not to mention painful chafing.
The best sock materials for sweaty feet include antimicrobial merino wool, bamboo, or synthetic blends like polyester or nylon. Experts say these fabrics help to keep your feet dry by drawing moisture away from the skin. (Pro tip: Avoid 100% cotton socks, as they tend to retain sweat.)