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:
rapid pulse rate
pain medication use
difficulty getting out of bed
inner trembling
excess saliva in mouth
slender fingers and toes
severe leg cramps caused by walking
angry/hostile disposition
indoor allergies
high platelet count
serious mid-left abdominal pain
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: