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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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