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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis, a prevalent condition, is characterized by excessive sweating that can affect various parts of the body. Typically, it impacts areas like the soles of the feet, with both feet usually experiencing equal perspiration. While hyperhidrosis does not usually pose serious health risks, it can be distressing, embarrassing, and adversely affect one's quality of life, often leading to feelings of depression and anxiety. Determining what constitutes normal sweating can be subjective, but if excessive perspiration starts to interfere significantly with daily life, it may indicate hyperhidrosis. Symptoms include avoiding physical contact due to self-consciousness, refraining from activities for fear of worsening sweating, and work-related challenges. Additionally, there may be difficulties with daily tasks, excessive time spent managing sweating, and social withdrawal. Hyperhidrosis can be primary, often without an apparent cause, or secondary, triggered by factors such as pregnancy, anxiety, medications, low blood sugar, thyroid issues, or infections.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating of the feet. This problem is not only embarrassing but can also cause a variety of foot health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments available for plantar hyperhidrosis. If you have very sweaty feet, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Signs & Symptoms

  • Excessive foot sweat

  • Sweating from both feet

  • Slipping out of shoes due to sweat

  • Damp footprints

  • Ruined shoes

  • Frequent foot infections

  • Friction blisters

  • Whitish foot color

  • Wrinkly, pruney feet

  • Cold feet

  • Strong odor

Treatment Options

  • Topical antiperspirants - Powders, creams, or gels that are applied directly to the feet to prevent sweating; can be over the counter or prescription strength

  • Oral medications - Pills taken by mouth to reduce sweating temporarily

  • Iontophoresis - A procedure that uses a mild electrical current conducted through water to reduce activity in hyperactive sweat glands

  • Botox - Injected into the feet to prevent activation of sweat glands

In addition to these treatment options, footwear modifications, such as wearing shoes and socks made of breathable or moisture-wicking materials, are also suggested. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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