What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition which is characterised by unpredictable and excessive perspiration. Hyperhidrosis can affect a number of different body parts, however when it affects the feet it is known as plantar hyperhidrosis.
What is the cause of hyperhidrosis?
Although the exact cause of plantar hyperhidrosis is unknown it is believed to be the result of dysfunction and over activity of the sympathetic nervous system causing the sweat glands to produce increased amounts of sweat around parts of the body including the feet.
Hyperhidrosis has also been associated with certain conditions such as hyperthyroidism and psychiatric disorders.
What are the symptoms of plantar hyperhidrosis?
Plantar hyperhidrosis can causes issues such as;
- Repeatedly damaged footwear
- Having to change socks throughout the day
- Difficulty wearing particular types of footwear such as sandals
- Foot odour
- Increased susceptibility to fungal infection.
How is hyperhidrosis treated in podiatry?
The symptoms of hyperhidrosis can be managed using the following measures;
- Wearing special insoles within the shoe to reduce sweating
- Anti-perspiring cream
- Certain absorbing powders which are used in the footwear
- Advice and education on measures to take to avoid excessive sweating such as wearing cool clothing
- Botox treatment
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