Have you noticed your feet sweating more than usual or are you changing your socks frequently and finding them damp? Though it can be normal after a hard day’s work, excessive foot sweating may be an indication of hyperhidrosis. At Paragon Podiatry, we are able to diagnose and treat patients who may be struggling with sweaty feet.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is a necessary function to help keep your body cool when temperatures heat up. People with hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands causing them to sweat more than necessary even when the weather is ideal and there is otherwise no trigger.
With over 200,000 sweat glands in your feet, they tend to sweat more than other parts of the body, but people with hyperhidrosis may also sweat excessively from their hands, underarms, and face while the rest of the body remains.
Many patients begin trying to treat their condition on their own and in mild cases, home treatments can be successful. Home treatments include changes in hygiene routines such as washing your body with antibacterial soap, using absorbent powders, carrying extra socks, and rotating footwear so shoes can air out between uses.
In more serious cases, we may recommend using botulinum toxin injections to disrupt signals that are stimulating your glands to sweat. It is important to note that this is a temporary treatment with effects only lasting 6 months. Additional treatments will be needed to maintain results.
If you are experiencing sweaty feet and can’t find relief, contact our office to ask about our services or schedule an appointment.