Summertime is when many of us trade in our lace-up sneakers and boots for sandals and flip-flops. But if you suffer from smelly, sweaty feet, you may reconsider. If you’re thinking twice about taking off your shoes in public places, you’re not alone. If you recently had to throw away shoes or socks that stink, you don’t have to for much longer. This summer, Syracuse Podiatry is here to help you beat sweaty, smelly feet so you can enjoy your plans without worry!
- Wash your feet every day with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to properly dry your feet after, including in between your toes, to eliminate any moisture.
- Additionally, you can give your feet a quick baking soda bath to help with any lingering foot odor. Sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda into your tub, fill with warm water to your ankle, and rest your feet for 20 minutes. Follow up with a thorough towel dry. Another popular remedy is a black tea soak. Place two black tea bags into the water and keep your feet soaking for 30 minutes. Repeat both daily for the best results.
- Consider buying a powder to absorb excess moisture. Some powders on the market are also antifungal if you suffer from a fungal infection, like athlete’s foot. Apply to clean feet daily to keep them dry.
- Wearing the right socks is key for preventing sweaty feet. Socks made of materials like wool and cotton are ideal, as they offer great ventilation. Avoid nylon socks, as they can get soggy throughout your wear. Always change socks at least once a day. You can also keep a backup pair if you need a midday change!
- Most boots and sneakers tend to trap moisture. Instead, choose shoes made of a material like canvas or leather, which is more breathable. Some sports sneakers are made of a mesh material that allows for air circulation. Make sure to give your shoes enough time to dry out in between wears by alternating pairs daily! Absorbent insoles are particularly helpful.
Do you need help with your heel pain? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.