Do your feet feel soggy and sloppy all the time? Does sweat ruin your shoes? Are you afraid to wear sandals or flip-flops for fear that you'll slip right out of them? Do you leave damp footprints when you walk barefoot? Are your feet always cold because they are always wet?
These are just some of the experiences of people with extremely sweaty feet, or plantar hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, also called excessive sweating, is a medical condition that affects different body areas including the feet. Fortunately, there are treatments available.
Botox injections are a popular treatment choice for underarm excessive sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis) and may be used to manage excessive sweating on the hands and feet as well. You should know, however, that plantar injections of Botox (injections on the foot) can be painful (although there are pain relieving techniques that experienced physicians use) and the results do not last as long as they do in the underarms. Typically, Botox injections in the feet tend to "wear off" in 3 to 4 months, meaning you'll need to return for re-treatment at that point. Be sure to learn about all your options.
One more important note: ETS Surgery is NOT recommended for sweaty feet. NOT even as a last resort. The side effects can be dire, and reversing the procedure is not possible.
In addition to the treatments mentioned above, there are a number of products and tips available to help make living with sweaty feet easier:
- Shoe inserts help absorb moisture so your feet don't slip and shoes stay drier longer. Try Summer Soles shoe inserts and use the coupon code just for SweatHelp readers!
- Powders can absorb moisture. (Avoid powders in the genital region or if there is risk of inhalation - especially for children/babies)
- Shoe driers can help your shoes to dry thoroughly and quickly so they are ready to wear again, smell better, and last longer. We've tried PEET Dryer and loved it!