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By Crofton Podiatry
September 08, 2016
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Did you know that your feet have about 3,000 glands per square inch? When the body needs to release heat, it’s done through sweating – the body’s natural process of cooling. The many glands release heat through the skin, via sweat. On parts of the body that are exposed to air, the sweat can evaporate or drip off, but for feet, the sweat gets trapped in socks and shoes. The moisture build up allows for bacterial and fungal growth on our feet and shoes – which causes the odor.

Because it can cause embarrassment, most people who suffer from foot odor issues do it in privacy. They won’t even bring it up to podiatrists and will do their best to just hide the problem. However, the possible consequence is that a bacterial or fungal infection may be present and it won’t be properly treated. This could also lead to a foot ulcer or other more complicated issue. Foot odor is more likely to be a problem for folks who are suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), taking certain medications, experiencing hormonal changes, or enduring high stress.

Dr. Brad Toll, our board-certified podiatrist in Crofton, MD often sees patients who are struggling with foot odor. Some common tips he may give for preventing or dealing with foot odor are as follows:

  • Check your feet daily for any rashes or other signs of bacterial or fungal infections.

  • Wash your feet daily with warm water and antibacterial soap to reduce bacteria. Dry your feet completely before putting new socks on.

  • Wear socks with closed-toed shoes. Wear a clean pair of socks each day and bring another clean pair with you to change them midday if necessary.

  • Try to find moisture-wicking breathable socks. There are many options lately, especially for athletic socks.

  • Rotate shoes and let them dry out completely each time you wear them.

  • If it helps, apply foot sprays or foot powders – but you should see a podiatrist before you do.

For persistent foot odor, you can try soaking your feet in strong black tea (+cool water) for 30 minutes each day. The tea kills bacteria and closes the pores, keeping feet drier for longer. You can also do a vinegar (+water) soak.

If you have been suffering for a long time from foot odor, or are worried about persistent foot odor, make an appointment with us at Crofton Podiatry. Call our office today at (410) 721-4505. Dr. Toll will provide sensitive and personalized care for your foot care needs.

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