You should wake up and smell the roses, not your feet! If you suffer from smelly feet you’re probably embarrassed and discouraged because you might not know how to get rid of the odor. Today’s tips from a New York podiatrist will give you a little bit of the science behind what causes smelly feet and how you will once again be able to take off your socks without getting knocked over.
It might sound silly, but smelly feet are a real issue that affects real people. They can significantly impact a person’s life in negative ways, especially in social situations. This can lead to feelings of depression and hopelessness because you have this ailment that just won’t go away. It’s hard to share about it with other people because it’s a condition that can be easily hidden and ignored and it’s also humiliating.
Think of some of the small things you do that would be much harder if you had smelly feet. Shoe shopping wouldn’t be any fun because people near you might smell your feet when trying on shoes. Getting pedicures wouldn’t be relaxing because you would be worrying about if the technician was disgusted by your foot odor. You might even get put in a difficult situation when visiting a friend’s home that has a sign in the entryway that says to “please remove shoes.” What would you do?
The Science Behind Smelly Feet
A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare will tell you that foot odor, scientific name bromhidrosis, is caused by bacteria that survive on the sweat your feet produce. The bacteria will thrive and multiply in a warm, damp environment like your shoes. It also leaves waste behind in the form of an organic acid called isovaleric acid. Your feet tend to smell bad because this specific acid has a strong odor. The good news is that smelly feet are usually easy to treat. You just need to be willing to try the following tips from a New York podiatrist to reduce the damp environment and use some foot deodorizers.
Tip 1: Good Foot Hygiene
Wash your feet every day using an antibacterial soap to help reduce the amount of bacteria that is living on your feet and causing them to smell. Wash your feet at least once a day, but if the foot odor is bad enough, you may need to wash them multiple times a day.
Tip 2: Keep Your Feet Dry
After washing your feet be sure to thoroughly dry them, especially the space between your toes where the bacteria that cause your feet to smell like to hide out the most. Also choose shoes and socks that keep your feet dry. A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can recommend shoes that help expose your feet to the air, like sandals or shoes made of breathable material like leather. Wear moisture wicking athletic socks that draw the moisture away from your feet. It’s also a good idea to rotate the shoes you wear so they have a chance to air out.
Tip 3: Use a Foot Powder or Antiperspirant Spray
Applying a foot powder to your feet will help keep your feet dry and neutralize foot odor. If you like the more natural approach, you can even try applying baking soda. Spraying your feet with an antiperspirant can also help reduce moisture and bacteria. If the foot odor is bad enough, there are prescription strength antiperspirants available that can also help.
Tip 4: Soak Your Feet
Regularly soak your feet in a tub full of warm water, Epsom salts and white vinegar. This combination can help reduce the amount of bacteria that cause the odor and feed on the sweat. Don’t forget to dry your feet after soaking!
Tip 5: Contact a New York Podiatrist at Adler Footcare
If you’re still struggling with smelly feet or any other foot problems for that matter, don’t hesitate to contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We offer a free consultation and believe that feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.