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Preventing Smelly Feet

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Foot odor can be embarrassing as well as physically uncomfortable. It is a common problem and those who suffer from foot odor often wonder what causes it. What actually causes foot odor is the interaction between foot perspiration and the bacteria that thrive in our shoes and socks.

If you want to prevent odor, you need to address the sweating and the footwear problem.

Here are few ways you can do to help prevent smelly feet:

  • Change your shoes and socks at least once a day.
  • Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Try to alternate your shoes and give them 24 hours to air out in between wearing them.
  • If you wear closed shoes, always wear socks.
  • Wear shoes made of breathable materials, such as leather, canvas or mesh.
  • Practice good foot hygiene.
  • Bathe your feet in lukewarm water using mild soap daily. Dry thoroughly after washing.
  • Wear soft, thick socks. Cotton socks and socks made of other absorbent materials are best. They will help to draw moisture away from the feet.
  • Dust your feet often with non-medicated baby powder or foot powder. You can also try applying anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Check your feet and in between your toes for fungal infections.

If you have foot odor, there are some home remedies you can try, such as soaking your feet in a cool solution of strong black tea for thirty minutes a day. You can also try soaking your feet in a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water.

If your foot odor is persistent, you should see a podiatrist for an exam and proper treatment. Persistent foot odor can indicate a low-grade infection.

If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Foot Problems

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