Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can interfere with your everyday life in frustrating, embarrassing, and uncomfortable ways. At Desert Foot and Ankle in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, the team of board-certified podiatrists is experienced in treating plantar hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating of the feet. You don’t have to live with hyperhidrosis; schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that causes excessive sweating. It’s normal to sweat when you exercise, are in a hot environment, or are nervous. Hyperhidrosis means you sweat for no apparent reason, or sweat far more than is necessary to regulate your body temperature.
Hyperhidrosis can affect different parts of your body, including your underarms, palms, scalp, and feet. When your feet sweat excessively, it’s called plantar hyperhidrosis. Plantar hyperhidrosis affects both feet equally and usually begins in childhood or adolescence.
If you have plantar hyperhidrosis, you may or may not also sweat excessively in other areas. The condition can greatly impact your quality of life, as excessive sweating is embarrassing and uncomfortable in many situations. Further, excessive sweating can make you more vulnerable to infections.
Hyperhidrosis usually isn’t the symptom of an underlying disease, and it’s not always clear what sets off symptoms. If you have it, you may sweat throughout your waking hours. However, some people with hyperhidrosis sweat in response to normal triggers like heat and nervousness, but up to four times more than someone without the condition.
Hyperhidrosis often runs in families. Though most people who have the condition are otherwise healthy, it’s associated with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, anxiety, and menopause. Though hyperhidrosis isn’t a serious health issue in and of itself, treatment can greatly improve your quality of life.
If plantar hyperhidrosis is interfering with your everyday life, your Desert Foot and Ankle podiatrist can provide several treatments to reduce the quantity of sweat you produce. These treatments include:
Injections of Botox block nerve signals to your sweat glands, reducing foot sweat for a couple of months per treatment.
Anticholinergic medications, which reduce sweating as a side effect, are an established off-label treatment for hyperhidrosis.
During this in-office procedure, an electrical current passes through water into your feet, temporarily stopping sweating.
In addition to these treatments, you can follow several foot care habits at home to manage excessive sweating. This includes thoroughly washing your feet every day, applying over-the-counter or prescription antiperspirant to your feet after washing, and wearing breathable socks and shoes.
To get help for plantar hyperhidrosis, book an appointment at Desert Foot and Ankle online or over the phone.