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When temps swelter and the humidity is high, having sweaty feet isn't cute -- but it is common.

Podiatrists say that the more than 250,000 sweat glands in our feet produce up to half a cup of sweat a day.

Yikes! This summer's sassy sandals certainly weren't made for sticky, sweaty feet, and shoes just aren't made to absorb foot perspiration.

The results, say podiatrists, are often squishing, sloshing noises and sometimes slips and falls.

� While most folks think they are hiding this annoying little secret, Dr.

Adriana Karpati of Grapevine, Texas, says the problem is very common.

Karpati says an estimated 8 million people suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive foot sweating.

Karpati says that if your foot perspiration is a problem, you should definitely consult your podiatrist or dermatologist.

He or she can explain your options.

As for Karpati, she says she often recommends a stay-dry shoe liner called Summer Soles.

Summer Soles is a collection of peel-and-stick shoe liners for open- and closed-toed shoes.

The liners keep feet drier and feeling fresher by absorbing moisture, inhibiting bacterial growth and reducing odor.

They can be used in heels, sandals, mules and flats -- any shoe with a leather or shiny, slippery shoe bed.

"I recommend Summer Soles to my patients who want instant relief for their perspiring feet.

They are an easy, inexpensive alternative to topical applications, and provide benefits that medications simply cannot, such as reducing friction with shoes," Karpati said.

These liners are also pretty and exciting because they are available in ultra absorbent or suede softness textures and come in dragonfly, flower, cityscape, leopard and zebra patterns in addition to an array of solid shades.

One size fits all, with usually a quick trim of the heel to fit your shoe.

You can get them at a variety of specialty boutiques, hotels and pharmacies in the United States.

Visit for locations.

They cost $8 per pair, or three pairs for $21.

Just remember, you're not alone in your battle against sweaty feet.

And, yes, there are lots of legends about home remedies that will cure the problem quickly.

Here are a few that folks swear by: Vinegar foot baths -- Mix together ½ cup vinegar and a quart of very warm water in a basin.

Soak your feet for 25 minutes.

Then, dry your feet well.

Make sure you don't forget the spaces between your toes.

Don't rinse your feet.

Let the vinegar really saturate your pores.

Not only does the vinegar act as an astringent, it exfoliates a thin top layer of your foot skin.

You'll experience dryness for hours after this soak.

Plus, the acid in the vinegar neutralizes odor caused by bacteria deep in your feet.

Some people like using apple cider vinegar for this treatment.

As a side benefit, vinegar also inhibits fungal growth so you'll protect your toenails from fungus and clear up common problems like athlete's foot.

Saltwater soak -- Don't underestimate the power of a saltwater soak on your feet.

The salt will dry them right up and if you use Epsom salts, you'll have soft dry skin as well.

Exfoliating with a loofah before soaking your feet in salt water makes results faster and longer-lasting.

You also want to make sure you use warm water to open up your skin's pores and allow maximum exposure to the salt.

Be careful if you have any open cuts or sores on your feet.

This will burn if you have any open abrasions.

Sage tea -- Sage tea contains super high levels of tannic acid which is a natural astringent.

Add four or five bags of sage tea into a large basin of hot water and let it steep.

Then soak your feet in it for 25 minutes.

The tea will work its way into the pores in your feet and go to work, drying them up and neutralizing odor-causing bacteria.

Sage tea is very powerful as a long-term foot odor cure.

Just a heads up -- after you take your feet out of the basin, they'll be a little tanned from the tea.

Don't freak out, the tan color washes right off with a little soap and water.
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