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What Is Hyperhidrosis of the Feet?

Hyperhidrosis of the feet, a condition characterized by excessive sweating, can significantly impact daily life. Primary hyperhidrosis occurs without an underlying medical condition and often affects multiple areas, including the feet. Secondary hyperhidrosis stems from medical issues like hormonal imbalances or neurological disorders and may also affect the feet. Complications of hyperhidrosis include discomfort, odor, and an increased risk of skin infections like athlete's foot. Diagnosis typically involves a medical history review and physical examination. In some cases, tests like the starch-iodine test or the gravimetric test may be used to measure sweat production. Treatment options range from conservative measures to more invasive interventions. These include topical antiperspirants, iontophoresis, or using electrical currents to reduce sweat production. Additionally, oral medications like anticholinergics, botulinum toxin injections, and in severe cases, surgical procedures such as sympathectomy may be used to control hyperhidrosis. Tailored treatment plans depend on the severity of symptoms and individual patient preferences. If you have excessive sweating of the feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Charles Perry, DPM of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Cambridge and Zanesville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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