Say ‘No’ to Smelly Feet with These 5 Prevention Tips

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Foot Care, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Say ‘No’ to Smelly Feet with These 5 Prevention Tips

Foot Odor Smelly Feet Prevention Tips Advanced Podiatry OhioMany people struggle with “smelly” feet, a problem known medically as eccrine bromhidrosis. In fact, roughly 10 to 15 percent of the population experiences this problem at one time or another. Foot odor is a common problem that is usually caused by bacteria. You may experience this issue yourself, or you may have noticed your child or spouse’s smelly feet. If you’re concerned about foot odor and want to control the problem, here are a few key tips for prevention.

1. Keep Your Feet Dry

Moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria and can even cause an odor on its own. Each time you bathe, swim or get your socks wet, you should dry your feet completely – including between your toes – to keep the smell away. If socks become damp from water or sweat, replace them with dry ones.

2. Wear Appropriate Footwear

It’s also important to use the correct socks and shoes for your feet. Synthetic fabrics don’t allow for proper air circulation, so you should wear more breathable fabrics such as cotton socks and cotton or leather shoes. Acrylic socks and plastic or rubber shoes will only add to the foot odor.

3. Use an Antiperspirant

If you’ve noticed excessive sweating along with an odor, you should consider using an antiperspirant that’s made for feet. Regular antiperspirants shouldn’t be used in this area without a doctor’s approval. You can find these over the counter, or you can use cornstarch for an all natural solution.

4. Wash Your Feet Properly

Perhaps the best method of prevention for foot odor is a thorough scrubbing of your feet each day. Many people skip washing their feet in the shower because they assume they get clean enough. You should be washing the entire surface of the foot daily, including between your toes and the soles of feet.

5. Disinfect Your Footwear

You can disinfect socks by washing them in hot water with your other laundry. However, shoes rarely get cleaned. To disinfect, simply remove the soles and spray with a disinfectant that kills bacteria. You can find one in the cleaning supplies section of any grocery store.

Smelly feet can be embarrassing, but you don’t have to live with it forever. If you still struggle with foot odor after using these tips, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor. If you or someone you know has a foot odor problem, please call one of Advanced Podiatry’s foot care clinics throughout Ohio to schedule an appointment.