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Distributor in Ireland of professional Foot Health and Foot Care products, Podiatry equipment, Diabetic foot care, Waterless pedicure
Distributor in Ireland of professional Foot Health and Foot Care products, Podiatry equipment, Diabetic foot care, Waterless pedicure

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Fear of Feet Phobia – Podophobia

To most people, the fear of feet phobia might sound weird or bizarre. However, Podophobia does exist and is quite a common specific phobia affecting many people across the globe. The word Podophobia originates from Greek ‘Podos’ meaning feet.

People with Podophobia tend to get upset at the sight of feet. Different people experience Podophobia differently: some do not like it when others look at their feet or touch them. Still others are anxious or afraid of their own feet. Many do not like to hear, read/talk about or even see their own feet. The phobia can be detrimental to the sufferer’s health and well being, as, often, s/he refuses to remove shoes or socks preferring to keep them on even while sleeping. This can lead to fungal infections, allergies and other medical conditions.

Overcoming and treating Podophobia

Most therapists recommend gradual desensitization to overcome the fear of feet. This involves slowly exposing oneself to pictures or images of feet. This can be then followed by touching feet or having other people touch theirs.
People who fear their own feet are also encouraged to obtain regular pedicures. This can help them rationalize their fear about feet.
Hypnotherapy can help get inside the sufferer’s mind and find out the roots of the phobia. This can help one become more comfortable around feet by facing their fear.
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