Podophobia is a condition that causes people to experience extreme anxiety anytime they’re exposed to feet. The anxiety is so severe that you may go to great lengths to avoid touching or even seeing feet.
Researchers aren’t sure exactly what causes podophobia. But there are ways to gradually decrease the intensity of the fear so it has less effect on your quality of life.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) doesn’t list podophobia specifically — but that doesn’t mean this fear of feet isn’t real.
As with other specific phobias, podophobia causes a degree of fear that is intense and out of proportion to any danger posed by the object itself.
For some people with podophobia, the fear is so severe that just…