If the upcoming summer months are stressing you out due to sweaty feet, you are not alone. Plantar hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating in the feet, affects 1-3% of the population. All of this extra sweat can be uncomfortable, soaking through socks and shoes and making your feet slippery while walking. The constant moisture can also cause the skin on the feet to break down and be more prone to infections. Fortunately, there are several treatments available for plantar hyperhidrosis. Typically, the first line of treatment is applying a topical antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride. This compound blocks sweat glands to prevent excess sweating. If antiperspirant is ineffective, the next line of treatment may be Botox injections into the feet, which block the nerve signals for excess sweat production. Another potential treatment is iontophoresis, which uses a weak electrical current to prevent excess sweating. If you have sweaty feet, please consult with a podiatrist to see which treatment is right for you.
If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
Hyperhidrosis of the Feet
Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.
Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.
Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.
In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.
A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.