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Foot odor is caused by sweat and although sweat itself has no odor it creates a place for bacteria to thrive. Bacteria occurs naturally on your feet and hair on the toes increases the hiding places for the bacteria. Your feet are more densely covered with sweat glands than any other place on your body. Because your feet are usually encased in shoes all day the sweat has no chance to evaporate, so it’s trapped inside your foot wear.
Although there are several factors that can contribute to smelly feet, there is also a multitude of preventive and extinguishing methods that can control and eliminate the problem. Factors that contribute may include:
- Certain medications
- Hormonal changes
- Wash your feet daily, dry thoroughly especially between the toes and apply foot powder
- Wear clean socks
- Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row and allow them to dry thoroughly
- Avoid synthetic socks as they don’t allow for as much breathability as natural fibers
- A few pinches of baking soda, which is very inexpensive, can keep your feet and shoes fresh
- Swabbing feet with rubbing alcohol will freshen feet and rid them of bacteria
- Use a hand sanitizer to aid in killing bacteria on your feet
- Rub your feet with corn starch as it will absorb perspiration
So take heart, there is a solution for you. On those really depressing days, when even the dog won’t fetch your shoes, you have foot odor control options. Dr. Boucher is available to advise you on your foot odor problem. Call her at (203)238-3668. She can help your feet feel fresh all day.