What is Plantar Hyperhidrosis?
Plantar hyperhidrosis is a disorder characterized by excessively sweaty feet. It often accompanies Palmar Hyperhidrosis, severely sweaty hands. It is estimated that up to 3% of the population is affected by plantar hyperhidrosis, with the condition typically starting during childhood or adolescence.
The effects of hyperhidrosis of the feet can have a serious impact on the quality of life for those living with the condition. The most common side effect of this condition is a general feeling of discomfort due to sogginess in socks and shoes as a result of excessive sweating. Additionally, those that experience excessive sweating of the feet may find that they need to purchase shoes often due to their sweating, and may even have to avoid certain types of footwear, like flip flops, altogether. Further, those with plantar hyperhidrosis may have chronically cold feet due to their sweating, and many sufferers will avoid walking barefoot around others for fear of leaving damp footprints.
Cause of Plantar Hyperhidrosis
As with palmar hyperhidrosis, Plantar Hyperhidrosis is caused by hyperactive sweat glands in the feet in response to stressful situations, increased temperatures, and other instances. In some cases, there will be no apparent reason for the excessive sweating to occur, and the onset of sweating episodes will be abrupt and without warning. Everyday activities may excessively stimulate the sweat glands in the feet leading to unusually sweaty feet.
Symptoms of Plantar Hyperhidrosis
How is it diagnosed?
In most cases of plantar hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating of the feet is not tied to any underlying condition. A diagnosis of hyperhidrosis feet is typically made based on the history and frequency of excessive sweating of the feet. Your doctor may recommend a series of tests to pinpoint the feet as a location of excessive sweating and determine the severity of the disorder.
Plantar Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options
There are a variety of therapies available to treat plantar hyperhidrosis including antiperspirants, iontophoresis, Botox®, and combination therapy.
If plantar hyperhidrosis is negatively impacting your quality of life, help is available. The Center for Hyperhidrosis at Columbia University Medical Center offers state of the art plantar hyperhidrosis treatment options proven successful for treating patients with mild to severe cases. Our Board Certified dermatologists are standing by to discuss treatments options to address your specific case and needs, and help you live a productive and comfortable life free of plantar hyperhidrosis.