What Causes My Feet to Smell Bad?

Foot odor is typically caused by too much sweat being produced by the glands in the feet. Each foot has about a quarter of a million sweat glands that produce around a cup of sweat a day. When bacteria from the soles of the feet are combined with sweat, an odor may develop. Causes include not washing your feet daily, wearing the same socks day after day, and wearing shoes so tight that they don’t allow the sweat to evaporate. In addition, a fungal infection can cause foot odor, and hyperhidrosis, a condition known as sweaty feet, can exacerbate the problem. To reduce existing foot odor, it’s a good idea to wash your feet daily with antibacterial soap and dry them thoroughly. You can also use an antiperspirant spray or powder on your feet. Change your socks every day, and give your shoes at least a day to air out before wearing them again. If, after taking these precautions, the odor lingers, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can examine the area and offer a more in-depth treatment plan.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot and Ankle Clinics, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Woodbury, West St. Paul, and Edina, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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