How to Treat Smelly Feet

Foot odor is a polite way of referring to stinky smelly feet. Some people may not consider it a foot problem, but to those who suffer from this unpleasant condition it’s a major source of embarrassment. Comments like, “What’s that cheesy smell?” or “Why is there such a strong smell of vinegar in the air?” are mortifying and have caused some people to boycott social events and family gatherings.

At Syracuse Podiatry, our board certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico deals with all kinds of foot ailments from ankle reconstructive surgery to foot odor and smelly feet. Along with the treatment, we also impart a little understanding on why some feet smell and what causes the odor, which helps the patient deal with a problem that may have been a major source of humiliation in their social life.

When excessive sweat mixes with bacteria from the skin of the feet, it creates the odor. If not attended to, it can become a bigger problem because over a period of time, the bacteria eats away the top layer of the skin.


  • a combo of sweat and skin bacteria
  • lack of ventilation for the feet
  • socks that do not allow evaporation
  • poor hygiene
  • hormonal changes during puberty
  • some medication

Simple Self-Help Measures:

  • wear shoes and socks made of breathable material
  • wash feet daily and remove dead skin
  • keep toenails trimmed
  • sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to kill bacteria
  • keep your feet dry as much as possible
  • wear insoles which have anti-odor top covers
  • soak feet daily in a black tea preparation
  • use over-the-counter medicated foot powder

When all else fails and your smelly feet are having a major impact on your life, it is time to visit us at Syracuse Podiatry. We are located in Building D at Lyndon Office Park in Fayetteville, NY, in the heart of the greater Syracuse area. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and our caring staff will help you towards a life free of smelly feet. Visit our website and acquaint yourself with our staff and services. If you or a loved one suffers from foot odor, call our office at (315) 446-3668 to make an appointment.

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