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Smelly Feet

Who among us can say that they have never experienced smelly feet? While most of us have experienced smelly feet from time to time a smaller number of people struggle with smelly feet everyday. But do not despair, we have some simple tips to follow that can help improve those smelly feet.


Smelly feet are usually caused by bacteria or fungus on the feet. There’s several things that can lead to this bacteria or fungal growth, but the primary cause is usually feet that are very sweaty. This is often caused by a problem called hyperhidrosis. When the feet are very sweaty it can create an ideal environment for bacteria and fungus growth, especially in close toed shoes. Excessive sweat becomes trapped and with the warm and dark environment created by shoes can help to foster the growth of bacteria and fungus. To prevent this build up try the following:


  • Change wet socks – It’s a great idea to take an extra pair of socks with you and change out your socks once the ones you are wearing have gotten sweaty and wet. This will prevent the moisture from remaining in your shoes and on your feet all day long.

  • Powder / Spray – there are several over the counter products designed to prevent sweaty feet, thus preventing smelly feet. Most use talc as a primary drying agent. Reapplying throughout the day can help keep excessive sweat at bay.

  • Wear Breathable Shoes / Sandals – if you can, try wearing more breathable shoes (most running shoe makers now make very breathable shoes, to help combat sweaty feet) or try supportive sandals. This will help to prevent the build up of moisture and bacteria on the foot throughout the day.

  • Rotate Shoes – allowing your shoes a full 24 hours to dry out between wearings can greatly decrease the amount of bacteria living in the shoes. Go one step further and spray shoes with any antibacterial spray (such as Lysol®) and allow them to dry fully before wearing them again.

  • Better Hygiene – make sure to really scrub feet with an antibacterial soap at least once a day, usually while showering.


If you’ve tried all of these tips and still can’t seem to get those smelly feet under control then it’s time to visit your friendly neighborhood podiatrist. They can prescribe stronger drying agents to make sure that your feet stay dry and smell free all day long!

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