Profuse sweating of the feet, also known as plantar hyperhidrosis, affects an estimated two to three percent of the population. Most individuals who suffer from sweaty feet also suffer from excessive sweating of the hands and armpits. Left untreated, sweaty feet can be extremely discomforting and emotionally debilitating.
Our expert team of Los Angeles thoracic surgeons at the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, led by Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, specializes in the comprehensive management of excessive sweating. To learn more about innovative treatment options or to schedule a consultation with a hyperhidrosis expert, contact us today at (888) 349-1398.
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Complications of Sweaty Feet
The most common complication of sweaty feet is the avoidance or inability to use certain footwear. In an effort to conceal their condition or increase comfort, many individuals prefer to wear closed-toed shoes rather than sandals or heels. This strategy increases the risk of developing irritating or painful skin conditions, including bacterial or fungal infection, skin maceration, and severe foot odor. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available to reduce foot sweating and prevent more serious complications.
How Can I Stop Excessive Foot Sweating?
Treatment for profuse sweating of the feet will vary depending on the severity of foot sweating, the presence of hyperhidrosis in other regions of the body, and a patient’s personal preferences. Conservative (non-surgical) therapies are generally the first line of treatment for excessive sweating. Though some patients have had success with medications, acupuncture, or Botox, these methods are generally short-term solutions for sweaty feet.
Iontophoresis may be very effective to relieve mild hyperhidrosis and is often preferable to other conservative therapies. The treatment involves placing the feet in a tray of water while a device generates a mild electric current, creating a tiny film of ionized matter over the skin’s surface to reduce sweat secretion. However, repeated treatment may cause skin irritation or require increased frequency of iontophoresis sessions to sustain the same effect.
Surgery for Sweaty Palms
Individuals with moderate to severe sweating palms, or those who do not experience the preferred results from conservative therapy, may be eligible for a highly-effective minimally invasive surgery known as thoracoscopic sympathectomy. This procedure is well-established for the treatment of hyperhidrosis and can provide immediate relief from sweating with very little downtime.
During a thoracoscopic sympathectomy, two tiny incisions are made in the chest cavity. A fiber-optic camera and small surgical instruments are then used to precisely cut a small section of nerves in the back of the chest cavity known to be responsible for excessive sweating. Given the nature of the surgical procedure, the surgery should be performed by a thoracic surgeon, who is highly-skilled in minimally invasive thoracic techniques to ensure a low risk of complications and the best results. Our expert thoracic surgeons, Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, have extensive knowledge of hyperhidrosis and are highly skilled in the most advanced minimally invasive techniques for hyperhidrosis surgery.
Contact a Los Angeles Thoracic Surgeon
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our team of specialists performs a comprehensive examination of each patient’s hyperhidrosis condition in order to develop the most effective treatment plan. For more information on the treatment of sweaty feet, or to schedule a consultation with a hyperhidrosis doctor, please call (888) 349-1398.
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