Summer is here, and that means plenty of outdoor fun. It also means hot days and sweating. With that can come smelly feet. It’s often referred to as athlete’s foot because many athletes suffer from this condition. The cause can be a fungus or bacteria that thrive in most places. It affects about 5% of the population.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT SMELLY FEET
There are several remedies to deal with excessive foot odor. Some of the most common are:
- Use powder on your feet to absorb moisture.
- Wear flip-flops or sandals at the pool or locker room.
- Keep your socks and shoes dry.
- Never wear other people’s shoes or socks.
- Wear shoes that breathe and don’t constrict your feet.
- Soak your feet in apple cider vinegar for 30 minutes a day.
- Make a foot bath by boiling tea with two tea bags and soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes a day.
WHAT IF THAT DOESN’T WORK?
If you try home remedies and still find you have excessive foot odor, an experienced foot specialist can help. They can apply an iodine solution to your feet and diagnose the amount of sweat. Once diagnosed, they may offer many treatments. Various treatments can help, such as Botox injections which can stop excessive sweating. If the case is serious, a doctor may recommend surgery to cut a specific nerve that signals the body to produce sweat. There are also several ointments or oral medications a doctor can prescribe.
A custom evaluation by Syracuse Podiatry in Central New York, East Syracuse, can help you with this first step to improved foot function and a life free of foot pain. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Donal M. Erickson are highly experienced, board-certified podiatrists. They have helped many patients who have suffered from all types of foot and ankle injuries. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.