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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.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
April 16, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Odor  

Foot OdorThe feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. The presence of certain bacteria begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor from the direction of your feet. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which whisk away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask The Foot & Ankle Center, PC for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our Pooler office and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition.










 

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