Easy ways to stop smelly feet

Smelly feet is also medically know as bromodosis, which is a common year round problem. It can be embarrassing and unpleasant for you and people around you when your feet smell.

The main cause is sweaty feet combined with wearing the same shoes every day.

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Why feet sweat

Did you know that there are more sweat glands in our feet than anywhere else in the body?

Anyone can get sweaty feet, regardless of the temperature or time of year, but teenagers, diabetics, and pregnant women are especially prone because hormonal and insulin changes in your body that make them sweat.

You are also more likely to have foot perspiration if you are on your feet all day or if you are under a lot of stress or you have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, which makes you sweat more than usual. Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, can also lead to sweaty feet with bad foot odor.

According to Dr. Massuda, Podiatrist and President of Foot and Ankle Clinics of America, your feet become smelly if sweat soaks into shoes and they do not dry before you wear them again.

The Bacteria on the skin break down the sweat as it comes from your pores. An odor is released as the sweat decomposes.

“Your feet sweat into your shoes all day so they get damp and bacteria starts to grow. The bacteria continue to breed once you have taken your shoes off, and especially if you put them in a dark cupboard. Then, when you put your shoes back on the next day, even if you have just had a shower, putting your feet into still damp shoes creates the perfect conditions for the bacteria to thrive again with warm, dark and moist conditions.”

Preventing smelly feet

According to Dr.Massuda, keeping feet fresh and sweet smelling is all down to good personal hygiene and changing your shoes regularly.

“The key is never to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row,” Dr. Massuda says. “Instead, try wearing different shoes on successive days so they have a minimum of 24 hours to dry out. And make sure teenage boys and girls have two pairs of gym shoes so that they do not have to wear the same pair for two or more consecutive days.”

Dr. Massuda says that it is also important to wash and dry your feet every day and to change your socks at least once a day.

If you are particularly susceptible to sweaty feet, Dr. Massuda suggests that you could also:

  • dab between your toes with cotton wool dipped in mineral spirits after a shower or bath – mineral spirits helps dry out the skin between the toes really well – in addition to drying them with a towel
  • use a spray deodorant or antiperspirant on your feet – a normal underarm deodorant or antiperspirant works just as well as a specialist foot product and will cost you a lot less
  • put medicated insoles, which have a deodorising effect, in your shoes
  • try feet fresh socks – some sports socks have ventilation panels to keep feet dry, and antibacterial socks are impregnated with chemicals to discourage the odor producing bacteria that feed on sweat
  • wear leather or canvas shoes, as they let your feet breathe, unlike plastic ones
  • wear open toe sandals in summer and go barefoot at home in the evenings

When to see a doctor

Smelly feet are a common problem that usually clears up, but sometimes it can be a sign of a medical condition.

See your Podiatrist if simple measures to reduce your foot odor do not help, or if you are worried that your level of sweating is abnormally high.

Dr. Massuda can offer you a treatment. Please contact us at (773) 752-2111.


Why everyone could use a pair of Orthotics by Dr. Kruse

Why everyone could use a pair of orthotics. A question and answer session
with Dr. Kruse, associate physician at Foot and Ankle Clinics of America.

Q: What are custom orthotics…

A: Orthotics are custom made inserts that go into your shoes to address
many types of foot disorders. They provide support, correction and/or
cushion to improve foot performance and comfort.

Q: Will orthotics benefit me…

A: Properly made foot orthotics can benefit everyone. Think of them like a
custom made pair of shoes, while some people require them, anyone can
appreciate them.

Q: Are they uncomfortable…

A: Proper orthotics are designed to treat foot discomfort, not cause it.
At Foot and Ankle Clinics of America we guarantee our inserts to be
comfortable. We use a cast molding system that creates a very natural and
accurate impression of your foot. Because the orthotics may change your
foot posture, a break- in period of 2 – 3 weeks is normal.

Q: How long do orthotics last…

A: Insert life depends on materials, intensity of use and corrective
nature. As a rule of thumb, most orthotics will last 2 to 3 years before
they will need to be refurbished or replaced. Orthotics for runners will
normally out last several pairs of shoes. Top covers may need to be
replaced yearly. Our refurbishing service is available for $70 per pair.

Q: Will the inserts fit in all my shoes…

A: Most orthotics will fit in any shoe with a removable (or glued in) sock
liner or insole. Dress shoes and other “low volume” foot wear may require
a special ¾ length device or something that ends at the arch.

Q: Will I need to buy larger shoes…

A: If the shoe has a removable sock liner or insert, the orthotic will
replace it and should not require more space. If the inserts are going
into dress shoes you may need a little more room. It is best to try shoes
on with the orthotics in them.

Q: How long does it take to get my orthotics…

A: An initial appointment with evaluation which includes casting for the
orthotic will take about 30 minutes. The cast molds are then sent out and
usually are returned in two weeks.

Q: Will my health insurance company pay for my orthotics…

A: Some insurance plans will pay for orthotics when prescribed by a
physician, but many do not. Foot and Ankle Clinics of America will provide
the necessary documentation (L code) and will submit the claim for you.

We hope you consider a pair of orthotics and any of our physicians are
available at a location convient to you to discuss this topic further.

Timothy Kruse, DPM
Foot and Ankle Clinics of America


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