What Makes Your Feet Smell?

Your feet and ankles have hundreds of sweat glands, and the bacteria and fungi responsible for the foul smell thrive in the moist, dark conditions inside the average pair of shoes. Letting your footwear dry out in between each wearing and using antimicrobial sprays and powders will destroy these microbes and the foot odor they produce.

3 of the causes of smelly feet include the following:

  1. Sweating—Your sweat isn’t usually the actual cause of the smell — the bacteria and fungi that feed on the sweat are the producers of the smelly odor. Your feet have hundreds of sweat glands to help with temperature and fluid balance. A condition called hyperhidrosis can make the situation even worse, with severe sweating occurring on the palms, underarms, and feet.
  2. Skin and toenail infections—Smelly athlete’s foot infections and fungal toenails can cause foot odor. Fortunately, there are excellent treatments for fungal toenails and bacterial infections that can get the odor under control and prevent further complications.
  3. Poor hygiene—You really must be vigilant about keeping your feet clean and dry. Wash your feet with mild soap and warm water at least once a day. Be sure to wash and dry carefully between the toes, which is where many odors causing infections can get started.

If you are suffering from recurring, problematic foot odor, it may be the sign of a severe disease, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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