Are you one of those people who nervously adventure in shoe stores? Can not you expose the sight, feel or sound of your feet or someone else's feet? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," you may be suffering from foot phobia, known as podophobia.
Foot phobia is one of the rarest phobias since only 1 in 1000 people are affected by it. However, this could have a surprising impact on your life, which many of them, without this phobia, would not have taken into consideration.
To give just a few examples, this unusual fear could prevent you from going to the pool or wearing flip-flops. The phobia of the feet could be quite harmless, a little annoying and sometimes frustrating. However, this could also lead to limitations of life. Therefore, it is important to properly assess its impact on your daily life or the lives of others.
What exactly is foot phobia (or podophobia)?
The phobia of the feet like any other phobia is irrational fear. People with podophobia feel very nervous, frightened, upset or even disgusted by the feet in general. The exact cause of podophobia is not yet fully understood. Symptoms include a feeling of anxiety, sweating, fast heartbeat, nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and a desire to run away when seeing or even thinking about the feet. Some people will experience panic attacks and very uncomfortable feelings about the feet. Of course, the symptoms of one person may be different and / or more intense than others. This fear could make some people feel uncomfortable or irritated. For others, it can be so intense that it interferes with their normal lives.
Fear may be related to the feet of the person or someone else. Phobia sufferers usually do not like the appearance of their feet or those of someone else, nor the sensation of their feet as they consider that the feet are coarse and unsightly. This person may also feel uncomfortable when other people are watching or touching his / her feet. He or she will even sleep in socks or shoes and will not even consider buying or wearing open-toed shoes or sandals of any kind. He may also hate the smell of feet and, thinking of his feet, imagine that you are contracting fungal infections or a wart, which aggravates the situation. Uncomfortable feelings also occur when discussing feet or foot problems. People with phobia can avoid watching any type of television documentary on their feet or advertising on television. One of my friends who suffers from foot phobia to avoid unpleasant feelings has introduced a rule into his house. You must wear shoes at home. If the shoes are really dirty, it allows you to wear socks or a pair of his own shoes. He will not even let his girlfriend touch his feet or take off his socks around him.
When should you seek help to treat foot phobia?
Most fears and phobias, including phobia and fear of the feet, are not serious, especially if they do not have a significant impact on your normal daily life. But if your foot phobia helps prevent regular situations that prevent you from functioning or enjoying life, you should consider consulting a doctor. It does not matter how long you have suffered, despite the unpleasant limitations you have endured because of your fear, your fear of the feet can be overcome.