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:
having watery stools
an average-stress lifestyle
anxiety related to menstrual cycle
excess nose/throat mucus
heaviness of the legs
frequent colds/flus
discontinued multiple mineral use
incoherent speech
much reduced sense of taste
having trouble concentrating
weak appetite
constant fatigue
... 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
High Histamine 99% Confirm
Mineral Need 25% Unlikely
Stress 13% Unlikely
Kidney Disease 4% Ruled out
General Toxicity 3% Ruled out
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 1% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
Body Odor 0% 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:

Related Questions

Metabolic Symptoms