Summer in most regions is full of sunny days, warm weather and outside enjoyment. People get out and get active to enjoy the weather while it is here. Summer can end all too soon but there is nothing that will end summer fun more than a pair of smelly feet. Not only will it affect you and your performance, but the smell can waft and affect those around you. Sometimes we accidentally amplify this smell by partaking in regular everyday habits. In order to cure the wreak, we have to identify what amplifies the smell.
- If you are wearing socks with your sandals, it is likely that you are contributing to the smelly factor of your feet. This is because the bacteria that make our feet smell thrive and grow in damp dark places. A sweaty sock is a perfect damp dark place for bacteria. Instead of wearing thick socks with sandals, consider going barefoot or buying moisture wicking socks.
- You aren’t washing your feet as often as you should. After a long day in sandals, you should wash off your feet with soap and water. This kills bacteria and takes off dead skin. This will help to prevent the smell from growing out of hand.
- You may also not be drying off well enough after the pool or the beach. Feet that go into shoes wet will take time to dry. The shoes they are placed in will likely soak up the water and breed bacteria. This bacterium will be attracted to your foot and will cause odor as well as possible fungus. Not only will you have smelly feet you could also get green toenails.
- Your sandals could be years old. Yes, we said it, multiple-year-old sandals are not good for smelly feet. This is because they are overused, unclean and bordering on breaking down. Sandals should be replaced every season for proper comfort, support and to help prevent smelly feet from festering more.
If you have new shoes, bare feet, dry feet and have tried all kinds of over the counter remedies to stop the smell in its track but are still suffering for the odor it is time to see a podiatrist. There they can prescribe medicines and other treatments to help curb the fumes of your feet. If you don’t have a podiatrist readily available try giving our office a call. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Payel Ghosh will help you cure your smelly feet. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.