The Excessive Sweating of Feet (Plantar Hyperhidrosis)

The excessive sweating from the feet is referred to as ‘Plantar hyperhidrosis’. The word plantar is basically of latin origin derived from ‘the plantaris’ which means pertaining to the soles of the foot. Usually, the patients of plantar hyperhidrosis also suffer from complimentary palmar hyperhidrosis in the palms of their hands. Some patients may also suffer from the excessive sweating of face or underarms along with plantar hyperhidrosis. Though this condition is not common as compared to other forms of excessive sweating and not as upsetting as excessive sweating of hands but it is still an issue.

Odour and excessive foot sweating

There are almost a quarter million sweat glands located in each foot that produce half a pint of sweat on average, everyday. The normal sweating of feet during the day is natural process which usually quickly evaporates for majority of people. But in case of sufferers of plantar hyperhidrosis the excess moisture remain trapped within the sweat glands after the expulsion of fluid through the sweat glands which causes irritable condition.

This excessive moisture that remains in the soles of the feet, when comes in contact with the shoes or socks cause very bad odour which is the primary issue of excessive sweating of feet.

Effects of plantar hyperhidrosis

Of all other forms of hyperhidrosis, plantar hyperhidrosis is least distressing as it does not have much detrimental effect on the functionality, social interactions or emotionality of the individuals as compared to excessive sweating of hands or underarms. Though at first it may seem to be less evil but it has its own set of associated discomforts. It can destroy shoes, can make it highly uncomfortable to wear high heels or sandals and makes feet highly vulnerable to fungal infections leading to further complications like athletes foot.

The bad odour acts as an obstacle for the affected individuals in various social situations in which he/she has to take off the shoes in social environments such as for athletes. They develop feelings of anxiety and fear that the odour caused due to excessive sweating in feet will become detectable by others. The sufferers also report of feeling that their feet feel wet, moist and cold majority of the time. This develops uncomfortable feelings of slipping inside their own shoes.

Plantar hyperhidrosis treatment

The sufferers of plantar hyperhidrosis should try to keep their foot as open as possible as wearing completely covered shoes along with socks facilitates this condition. If left unattended, the uncomfortable blisters develop on the skin because of the softening of feet skin due to excessive exposure to moisture. For controlling excessive foot sweating, try to intake more Potassium and Magnesium rich foods in your diet.

There are numerous anti-perspirants available in the market especially for foot controlling foot sweating but they usually work for a short period of time. Botox injections for plantar hyperhidrosis treatment give effective and safe results for period of few months after which the treatment can be repeated.