Reducing Foot Odor

Reducing Foot Odor

Foot odor can be embarrassing, but most people would not visit a doctor about this problem. However, sometimes smelly feet need the help of an experienced podiatrist. At Cherrywood Foot Care, foot odor is just one of the conditions that our expert podiatrists treat. Continue reading to discover some helpful tips for reducing foot odor. 

What Causes Foot Odor?

Your feet contain thousands of sweat glands, so they create a lot of sweat every day. When this sweat is trapped in your socks or shoes, it can create a bad odor known as bromodosis. 

Bromodosis is also caused by bacteria, as many kinds of bacteria are located on the bottoms of your feet. The bacteria live off of the sweat on your feet, and when they feed on the sweat, the bacteria can create an acid that causes food odor. Some of the other factors that could lead to foot odor may include:

  • Not changing your shoes enough or wearing the same pair every day. 
  • Poor hygiene. 
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). 
  • Underlying conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disease.
  • Spending several hours on your feet

Ways To Reduce Foot Odor 

Foot odor is a prevalent issue and nothing to feel embarrassed about. Fortunately, your foot odor can be treatable with various home remedies and the help of our podiatrists at Cherrywood Foot Care. Here are some methods for helping to reduce foot odor:

  • Proper Foot Hygiene – Washing your feet daily with soap and water can help prevent them from getting smelling. You can use antibacterial soap to prevent bacteria from building up. You should also thoroughly dry your feet and change your socks daily. 
  • Medication – A podiatrist can prescribe certain medications to treat excessive sweating if you are dealing with hyperhidrosis. If you have a fungal infection on your feet, medication can help treat the infection and eliminate the odor that arises. 
  • Shoe Spray – Shoes can trap odor and cause your feet to smell. After wearing your shoes, spray them with disinfectant spray to kill the odor-causing bacteria. 
  • Proper Footwear – Your foot odor can result from socks and shoes that don’t let your feet breathe. Opt for footwear made from breathable materials and wear moisture-wicking socks to keep foot odor under control. 

Contact Us

The feet are a prime target for bacteria and fungus to grow, so it’s essential to properly care for your feet to ensure they stay healthy and odor-free. Cherrywood Foot Care can evaluate the root cause of your foot odor and determine the best course of action to eliminate the issue. Be sure to contact us today to learn more and request an appointment! 

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