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By Crofton Podiatry
December 05, 2018
Category: Foot Odor

The discomfort of wet feet from hyperhidrosis may be enough for you to want to seek professional treatment from our podiatrist. Even for those of you whose hyperhidrosis isn’t always so severe, you may still experience some complications. These secondary effects often need podiatric treatment, so we encourage you to take precautions to prevent these problems if you tend to sweat a lot.

  • Blistering – If you have lived with hyperhidrosis, you know that this is common anytime you run. Blisters form on the toes as your feet slide to the front of your shoes as you dash forward. Try wrapping your toes in gauze or bandages to add padding to your toes before putting socks on. You may have to take a break and rewrap them if you tend to blister or bleed a lot during your running or sporting event (e.g. soccer).
  • Fungal growth – fungi love warm, moist places. Your shoes mimic this environment that allows fungi to thrive and make you prone to fungal infections like athlete’s foot or fungal toenails. Allow your shoes to fully dry before you wear them again. Never re-wear socks. Always wash your feet at the end of each day.
  • Foot odor – The fungus can also cause you to have an embarrassing odor on your feet, your socks, and in your shoes. Be sure to keep good hygiene and treat fungal infections to prevent ongoing odor problems.
  • Foot strain from instability in the shoes – You can develop overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis if your feet have to work hard to stabilize within your shoes. Supportive shoes with arch pads and heel cups can help your feet stabilize. Change your socks midday if they tend to get drenched as you go about your day.

Not only can our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, help you with the complications of hyperhidrosis, but he can also help you treat your hyperhidrosis. Say goodbye to embarrassing and frustrating sweaty feet! Make an appointment by calling Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

Simply stated, our feet smell because we keep a massive amount of our bodies sweat glands buried beneath our socks and shoes throughout the day.  Feet have more sweat glands than any other party of the body, with nearly 3,000 glands per square inch.  While your feet are encased in your shoes, sweat is unable to evaporate creating the perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth. Feet begin to smell as this perspiration interacts with the bacteria that live on our skin and in our shoes and socks.

Foot odor is a considerable problem for many of my patients at Crofton Podiatry, many of whom have been life-long sufferers of this embarrassing condition.  A persistent foot odor may indicate the presence of an infection, and excessive sweating may increase your chances of developing a foot ulcer.  Additionally, certainprescription medications, hormonal changes, and high levels of stress may increase your sweat levels; therefore, a simple check with a podiatric specialist in the Gambrills and Annapolis area may be able to resolve your issue.

Because excessive foot odor is mainly the result of excess odor-causing bacteria, it can typically be controlled with a few simple lifestyle and hygiene changes.  If you suffer from embarrassing odorous feet, start by following the steps I give my patients below, then come in and see me for more personalized advice.

General tips for reducing foot odor:

  • Wear clean socks every day.  Cotton tends to absorb moisture and stay wet, seek out sock materials that breathe and are the right fit for you. - If needed, change into clean socks at the midpoint of the day.
  • Clean your feet daily with antibacterial soap to reduce bacteria
  • Alternate shoes between uses, only wear shoes that are dry.
  • Wear comfortable and well-fitting shoes, if possible consult a footwear specialist when purchasing new shoes.
  • Do not walk around barefoot as this exposes the feet to possible injury and new bacteria.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders as recommended by a professional
  • Monitor your feet daily and consult a professional if you suspect fungal infections


By Brad Toll.




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