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Do your feet feel soggy and sloppy all the time? Does your 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 freezing cold in the winter because they are sweating?
These are just some of the experiences of people with 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.
Treatments for sweaty feet include: Antiperspirants, Iontophoresis, and Botox injections. 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 here on SweatHelp.
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:
Inserts help absorb moisture so your feet don't slip in sandals and shoes stay drier longer. We love this tip: Try Summer Soles shoe inserts and use our coupon code just for SweatHelp readers!
Powders can absorb moisture, too. Many doctors mention Zeasorb as a good talc brand.
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's Shoe Dryers and loved them!
To learn more about hyperhidrosis treatments and management techniques for sweaty feet, talk to a physician who is experienced in treating hyperhidrosis.