Plantar Hyperhidrosis (The Feet)

Plantar HyperhidrosisPlantar Hyperhidrosis is the clinical term that is given to excessive sweating from the feet. The word plantar is derived from the Latin plantaris, which roughly translates as ‘that which pertains to the sole of the foot’. It is not uncommon that sufferers of this condition are also subject to a complimenting Palmar Hyperhidrosis in their hands.

Each of your feet contains roughly a quarter of a million sweat glands, which, on average, produce around half a pint of moisture a day. It is natural for our feet to sweat throughout the day, which then evaporates rather quickly for most people. But it is likely that sufferers of this condition struggle to expel the fluid through their sweat glands, with the excess moisture being trapped within the glands thereafter.

Out of all the areas where excessive sweating can occur though, the foot is the least likely to cause an individual distress, as it does not possess such a detrimental impact upon one’s functionality or sociability, especially when compared to areas such as the face or armpits in particular. But, although Plantar Hyperhidrosis may at first appear to be the lesser evil, it still retains its own set of uncomfortable issues for its sufferers. Excessively sweaty feet can ruin shoes; it can make wearing high heels or sandals impossible and the sweat makes the feet rather susceptible to fungal infections, as well as creating a rather unpleasant foot odor as well.

It is recommended that sufferers of this disorder try to let their feet breathe as often as possible, as the enclosing of the foot in socks or shoes do contribute to this condition. If ignored, sufferers find themselves subject to rather uncomfortable blisters, which occur due to the skin of the feet softening through over-exposure to moisture. Treatments for Plantar Hyperhidrosis include antiperspirants and Botox injections.

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