Plantar Hyperhidrosis

Plantar hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating of the feet. Patients with this condition experience persistent and uncontrollable sweating in their foot soles, leading to damp and sweaty feet.

This condition can cause discomfort, and foot odor, and increase the risk of fungal, bacterial, and viral infections.

What Causes Plantar Hyperhidrosis?

Plantar hyperhidrosis is related to the overactivity of sweat glands. It can also be a result of other medical conditions or medications, such as diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism.

How to Treat Plantar Hyperhidrosis?

The treatment of plantar hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating of the feet, aims to reduce sweat production and manage the associated symptoms. Some common treatment options include:


Topical antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride can be applied to the feet to temporarily block sweat glands’ activity and reduce sweating.


This is a non-surgical approach that requires placing the feet in a shallow tray of water while a mild electrical current is applied through the water. The electrical stimulation helps block the production of sweat in the feet.

Foot Powders and Soaks

Applying foot powders or soaking feet in solutions containing astringents like tannic acid or formalin can help absorb excess moisture and reduce sweating.

Botox® Injections

Botulinum toxin (Botox®) injections present a highly effective method for managing excessive sweating in the soles of the feet.

During this procedure, your feet will be cleaned and dried and you might be provided with a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area.

A healthcare professional will carefully administer the Botox® injections into specific areas of the feet, targeting the sweat glands’ nerve signals.

The results are usually noticeable within a few days to a week after the procedure, with the full effect lasting for several months before gradually wearing off.

Botox® injections have proven to be a valuable treatment option, offering individuals with plantar hyperhidrosis the opportunity to regain comfort, confidence, and freedom from the burdens of persistent foot sweating.

Which is the Best Option?

Treatment will be tailored to your individual preferences, the severity of your condition, and the potential benefits of each available option. It is essential to have a consultation with your dermatologist or healthcare provider to identify the most suitable treatment approach for your specific case.

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