Do your friends and family clear the room when you take off your shoes? If you haven’t found a way to fix your smelly feet and are tired of covering up the problem, we are here to give you hope. This is a common foot problem that many people suffer with for far too long. Your smelly condition is most likely starting from a problem with sweating. Each of your feet has 250,000 sweat glands! That definitely gives some perspective for why your feet may be filling a room with their lovely aroma!
The warm, damp environment in your shoes is a favorable place for bacteria to grow and multiply and is usually the reason for the odor you experience Above Photo Credit - Daniel West when you take off your shoes. So, what can be done to fix it? We see this problem all the time and encourage you to try some basic preventative steps to nip this annoyance in the bud.
It sounds basic but start off by washing your feet every day - it makes a difference! Use an antibacterial soap and wash feet several times if the odor is strong. Bacteria love moisture so keep your feet dry. This means dry them well after bathing, especially between your toes, before putting shoes and socks on. An over-the-counter foot powder often helps as well. It may require an investment, but have several pairs of shoes you can rotate to give each pair time to dry out after use.
Relax at the end of the day with a warm water soak to soothe tired feet and help with the odor. Add some Epsom salt and a bit of white vinegar to reduce bacteria. If all things fail to work, that is when we can step in! You do not have to live with an odor problem. Dr. Danciger is a foot specialist able to fix your problem once and for all. Call our podiatric office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today.