Sweaty feet or plantar hyperhidrosis is a common condition affecting 2-3% of the population. Apart from the uncomfortable nature of this condition, excess sweat in this area can cause a number of medical problems including malodour (smell) as well as infections, eczema and blisters. Basic foot care forms the basis of management. Treatment for excessive sweating in this area is difficult, but possible. Sweat Free consultants emphasise basic treatments such as Driclor, tablets and Iontophoresis as first line treatments, reserving sweat stopping treatments for last line management.

Facts on Plantar Hyperhidrosis

  • This is a common condition which affects patients both at work and socially
  • Sweaty feet often occurs early in life and may persist for decades
  • Basic foot care forms the foundation of treatments
  • Secondary skin conditions such as infections, eczema and blisters can occur
  • A simple absorbable shoe insert can help take up excess sweat
  • Creams, tablets and iontophoresis are first line treatment
  • sweat stopping treatments is last line treatment for sweaty feet
  • ETS surgery is not indicated for excessive sweating of the feet

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