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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Did you know that there are about 3,000 sweat glands in every square inch of your feet? That’s more than any other part of your body! However, it’s not the perspiration that smells bad but rather the odor is the result of the sweat interacting with bacteria usually found in your shoes or socks. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that although there can be a medical reason for foot odor, many times it can be prevented or greatly reduced by following a few simple tips:

  • Never re-wear socks without washing. Change your socks as soon as you can feel that your feet are sweaty—even if it means you wear more than one pair a day.

  • Alternate your shoes, trying not to wear the same pair two days in a row. If you are a serious athlete, consider having two pairs of sports shoes so you can give each pair 24 hours to air out between uses.

  • Don’t wear sneakers or other closed shoes without socks.

  • Avoid materials that don’t allow your feet to breathe, such as nylon socks or plastic shoes. Choose canvas, leather, mesh or other natural materials that allow good air circulation. For socks, wear cotton or other absorbent materials that draw moisture away from your feet.

  • Wash your feet daily with warm water and a mild soap. Dry completely and check for red patches or dry, itchy skin between your toes and on the soles of your feet—this may be a sign of athlete’s foot.

  • Use foot powder to help keep feet dry. Choose an antifungal type or an anti-bacterial ointment for your feet if you are prone to fungal and bacterial skin infections.

If despite trying these tips and maintaining good foot hygiene a foot odor problem persists, make an appointment at our Pooler office to see our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico by calling: (912) 330 - 8885. The foot doctor can determine if you have a systemic problem that is causing foot odor and prescribe the correct treatment.

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