By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 04, 2016
Tags: Foot Odor  

Did you know that there are about 3,000 sweat glands per square inch in your feet? But sweat on its own doesn’t have a foul odor. It’s when the perspiration interacts with bacteria found in socks and shoes that smelly feet happen. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that stinky feet can be an embarrassing problem. Here are some steps you can take to help prevent this problem:

  1. Follow a good foot hygiene regimen: wash feet daily with a mild soap and dry completely, especially between the toes—this will help keep bacteria levels low.
  2. Choose shoes that are made of breathable materials such as leather, canvas or mesh. Avoid plastic shoes.
  3. Change socks daily or more than once a day if your feet sweat excessively.
  4. Wear socks that are thick and absorbent and wick moisture away from your feet.
  5. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. If you participate in a sport activity daily, consider getting two pairs of athletic shoes so they have a chance to air out between uses.
  6. Don’t wear closed shoes without socks.
  7. Use foot or anti-fungal powder daily to help keep feet dry and lower your risk of fungal infections.

Lastly, check your feet regularly for dry patches, redness or scaling. These could indicate a fungal or bacterial condition which can also be a source of a foul foot odor. If you do notice these symptoms, especially if accompanied by itching or burning, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment. One of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and help get to the bottom of what’s causing your foot odor problem. The foot doctor can then prescribe appropriate treatment and preventive measures to put an end to this condition.