Posts for category: Foot Odor

By Nrupa Shah
August 27, 2015
Category: Foot Odor

Do smelly feet hold you back from doing certain activities with friends or family? If so, you are not alone, many people experience the problems of foot odor at some point throughout their life and try real hard to hide it. Foot Odor can be caused by a vast number of things; some of the most common factors include overusing one pair of shoes, excessive sweating in the shoes, and a lack of ventilation. A warm and moist environment creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi which over time will multiply and accumulate and eventually create that awful smell that’s stinking up your favorite pair of shoes. If foot odor is a problem for you there are some simple tips you can do to stop foot odor from controlling your life.

  • Deodorize the Shoe: You can easily deodorize the inside of your shoes by placing baking soda inside your shoes every night and then dump it out the next day. Also, cedar chips have anti-fungal properties which can be placed in your shoes overnight as well.


  • Freeze your shoes: You can kill much of the bacteria and fungi in your shoes by freezing them. Place your shoes in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer overnight and you’ll notice a dramatic decrease in the smell of your shoes. Just remember to let them thaw out before you put them on.


  • Wash your shoes: If you have shoes that are machine washable it would be a good idea to wash your shoes in detergent at least once a month to get rid of any dirt and grime in your shoes. Just remember to let them dry out real good before wearing them again.


  • Use baby powder on your feet: If your feet sweat a lot, this could attract bacteria to them and cause them to smell bad. To prevent this from happening, you need to keep them dry by using baby powder or something similar to it on your feet. You can put a layer of baby powder on your feet and then put socks on and then another layer in your shoes before wearing them. This will not only keep your feet dry but they will smell like baby powder which is much better than the other alternatives.


  • Manage your foot hygiene: Probably the most important tip for preventing foot odor is to maintain good foot hygiene. One should clean their feet daily by cleaning them in the shower with soap making sure to clean in between the toes. Alternatively, one could soak their feet in a vinegar solution or Epsom Salt solution. Whichever method you choose, make sure to dry your feet well afterwards. You can also put deodorant on your feet just make sure to keep a stick that is meant only for your feet.


  • Have more than one pair of shoes: Try not to wear the same shoe more than two days in a row. Have an extra pair that you could switch out and wear the next day. Also allow the other pair of shoes a chance to dry out.


If you’re suffering from foot odor and would like to discuss topic with a podiatrist or would like more information about foot odor please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah