This is a very sensitive issue for your nose. It can be socially embarrassing and awkward when it’s time to expose those stink bombs after taking off your shoes. If you’re thinking the answer is to just keep your shoes on, think again. Your shoes can be the number one reason for foot odor.
The two reasons for foot odor that go hand and hand or shall we say feet to feet in this case, is that your sweat interacts with the bacteria in your shoes and socks which creates an intense odor. To fix the problem and the causes. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee suggests several ways to control your odor problem.
Stop the stink:
- Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Alternate them so they have time in between jogs to dry out. If the odor doesn’t go away then the sneaker needs to go away.
- Use thick soft socks to help with moisture absorption and change them often throughout the day if they become too wet.
- Add a nonmedicated baby powder or foot powder to your feet before slipping on your shoes.
- Keep away from nylon socks or plastic shoes as they do not allow much space for your feet to breathe and release moisture.
- Check for fungal infections often to make sure you have not developed athlete’s foot. You will notice redness or dry skin in between your toes.
If odor still sneaks it way back into your sneakers then the next step is to see a podiatrist. This is when treating foot odor calls for different measures. Your feet have a lot of sweat glands and besides the uncomfortable social effects this condition can become painful if not treated.
Treat your feet at home:
- Soak your feet in black tea because the tannins can be very effective with this disorder.
- Wash your feet with white vinegar and let it fight the bacteria that surrounds your toes.
- Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin since that only adds to the bacteria which adds to the odor, etc. etc.
If these tips fail it may be time to call our team and schedule an appointment for an examination. If odor persists you may suffer from Hyperhidrosis, a condition which is inherited and causes excessive sweating in the feet and hands. Simple life changes like hormones can trigger this condition along with stress, and some medications. We have five locations between New Jersey and New York and can be easily contacted at 201-363-9662 to get treatment today so your feet smell better tomorrow!