Smelly Feet

What is smelly feet?

Smelly feet is a condition shared by many children and adults. While smelly feet may affect everyone in the hotter months, some people suffer from smelly feet year round.  

Causes

The most common cause of smelly feet is due to an excessive sweating in the feet, called hyperhidrosis. The sweat combines with bacteria in the shoe. It is more common to suffer from sweaty feet when you wear closed toe shoes or boots throughout your day. 

Treatments

Smelly feet can be treated in a variety of ways.

  • Hygiene - a thorough washing of the feet daily. 

  • Shoe Gear - a change to more breathable shoe can be helpful. 

  • Rotate Shoes - don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. When not wearing shoes treat them with a disinfectant spray, such as Lysol, to kill bacteria living in the shoe.

  • Sandals - when at home try wearing sandals, allowing more air flow to the foot.

  • Socks - say no to cotton socks if you suffer from sweaty feet. Try to wear socks that wick moisture away from the foot, like merino wool or polyester. 

  • Foot Powder - any talcum based powder should aid in keeping feet dry through the day. 

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