Foot Odor / Sweaty Feet

What Causes Sweaty Feet And Foot Odor?

Sweaty feet and foot odor can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose sweaty feet and foot odor, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "sweaty feet and foot odor" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Body Odor
  • High Histamine
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Stress
  • Mineral Need
  • General Toxicity
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney Disease

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high T3 free level
frequent nighttime urination
difficulty getting out of bed
poor muscular strength
excess saliva in mouth
slender fingers and toes
severe leg cramps caused by walking
frequent difficulty falling asleep
high systolic blood pressure
being able to stay up late
having lost many adult teeth
specific muscle weakness
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sweaty feet and foot odor:
Cause Probability Status
Kidney Disease 96% Confirm
General Toxicity 24% Unlikely
Body Odor 17% Unlikely
Stress 5% Ruled out
Mineral Need 5% Ruled out
High Histamine 3% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 1% Ruled out
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about foot odor / sweaty feet:
Do your feet tend to have a strong odor and/or sweat a lot?
Possible responses:
→ No / not particularly / don't know
→ Slight sweating, no significant odor
→ Slight sweating, significant odor
→ Significant sweating, no significant odor
→ Significant sweating and odor
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate sweaty feet, foot odor, very sweaty feet or very sweaty feet and foot odor, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Body Odor

Body Odor also suggests the following possibilities:

Excessive Sweating

Excessive Sweating also suggests the following possibilities: