What can I do?
Medical treatment is not always necessary to alleviate mild to moderate cases plantar hyperhidrosis. Many individuals have been able to successfully regulate this excessive sweating by simply changing their daily habits. Consider the following at-home remedies:
- Shoe inserts which absorb sweat. These keep the feet drier and minimize slipping and sliding.
- Moisture absorbing powers such as baby powder and Gold-Bond can help. Pat the feet dry with a towel and apply liberally before putting on socks. Avoid using these powders in the genital region. There is also a risk associated with inhaling these types of powder, especially for babies and young children.
- Using warm air dryers to dry the shoes thoroughly before their next use. This can help them smell better and last longer as well.
These methods may work for some patients yet usually don’t achieve results which are comparable to medical treatments. In almost all cases it’s best to consult with a qualified physicians to explore more proven and effective options.
Botox for Sweaty Feet
Below are are some question to consider if you are thinking about Botox injections for sweaty feet.
- Are your feet always cold?
- Are you worried about slipping out of you sandals or flip-flops due to excessive moisture?
- Does your sweat ruin shoes?
- Do your feet often feel sloppy and soggy?
- When you walk barefoot do you leave damp footprints?
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above you may have exceedingly sweaty feet. The technical term for this condition is “plantar hyperhidrosis,” and it affects about 2% to 3% of the population. Fortunately, several effective treatments are now available. These include:
- Iontophoresis (an electricity based treatment which must be used weekly to maintain results)
- Botox injections
Botox injections have become a favorite treatment choice for axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). This popular treatment is currently finding wider acceptance for excessive sweating on the feet and hands. While injections of Botox into the foot are quick and simple and cause minimal discomfort. In most cases the effects last approximately 4 months at which point further injections are recommended.
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy surgery (ETS) is a procedure used to treat overactive sweating. ETS surgery is NOT recommended for overly sweaty feet. It’s a more invasive option, and the potential side effects may be severe and sometimes irreversible.