Foot Care Tips to Treat Your Stinky Feet

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Aug 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

girl_with_clothespin_on_nose_holding_stinky_sockWe’ve all been there – that moment when you take your shoes off and you smell something funny. Hopefully, you’re not settling on your mat in Yoga class, cuddling up with your date to watch a movie, or trying on shoes at the department store.

Stinky feet can be a real problem - even if you have the best foot care regime - but more often than not, they are completely preventable.

Learn the tips you can try at home and when you should consider visiting a foot doctor.

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Summer foot stench is 100% preventable, so what’s your excuse?

The first step in fighting stinky feet is knowing why they smell in the first place. Unlike common lore, foot stench doesn't come from sweat alone — which is virtually odorless. Rather, bacteria eats away at dead skin cells. They thrive in hot, enclosed environments and create a putrid scent similar to that of rotting cabbage.

The second step is thoroughly washing your toes and drying them before inserting them into a pair of your favorite kicks.

If washing your toes thoroughly isn't enough to prevent a swampy experience, here are six other steps to take to keep 'em fresh.

1. Deodorize more than your pits.

It might seem a little strange in the morning to use underarm products on your feet as well, but there's good reason to. An antiperspirant prevents sweat, which in turn eliminates bacteria from forming. Use any spray of your choosing, though we'd recommend this one from Dr. Scholl's, which destroys odor while instantly drying feet.

2. Use porous leather soles

These breathable soles will allow your feet to air out while you're stomping around. Leather also will never become smelly, as it isn't a synthetic product, like a poly-cotton blend, for example. Try this one from Ecco, with an antibacterial treatment.

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There actually is a scientific name for stinky feet – it’s bromhidrosis and it’s caused by bacteria that survive on the sweat on your feet. Most people will be able to adequately deal with their stinky feet on their own by using the tips above and practicing all around good foot hygiene. If none of those solutions are working, or you have another issue causing your feet to smell – such as an open wound or excessively sweaty feet – it’s time to visit a foot doctor.

The good news is that stinky feet are easily treatable with the right foot care, so you won’t have to worry about being embarrassed at the most inopportune times anymore.

Adler Footcare brings together convenience, kindness, and the best possible care to treat your foot problems. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should the treatment. Contact us for a foot assessment today!

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Topics: foot problems, Foot Care