How to Remove Foot Odor: Tips for Sweet-Smelling Feet

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus   foot odor   pedicures  

Foot odor: it’s inconvenient, it’s embarrassing, it just plain stinks, and it’s an especial nuisance during the sweat-inducing summer months. With over 3,000 sweat glands per square inch of skin, it’s all-too easy for feet to produce less-than-lovable smells. 

Luckily, there are a number of simple steps you can take to prevent foot odor and treat smelly feet:

Establish a Daily Hygiene Routine

Wash your feet every day and dry them thoroughly. Clean your nails and toes using a cotton ball dipped in gentle disinfectant such as witch hazel or tea tree oil. It’s also important to keep your toenails trimmed and to file away any excess skin. This prevents the growth of toenail fungus.

In addition to these basic steps, you may find it helpful to incorporate foot powders and foot soaks into your foot care routine. You may want to invest in:

  • a pumice stone (for removing dead skin)
  • an emory board (for home pedicures)
  • an orange stick or Hindu stone (to push back cuticles)
  • pleasant-smelling essential oils and lotions (to soften and soothe the skin of your feet)

Rotate Your Shoes and Socks

It’s easy for shoes to accumulate foot sweat if you wear the same pair every day, so keep a variety of comfortable options in your wardrobe. Socks should also be changed every day, and it is recommended that you opt for moisture-wicking fabrics such as cotton or wool.

Change Your Diet

Your diet actively contributes to the growth of fungus and bacteria in your body, which highly affects your foot odor. Podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee recommend limiting your intake of refined carbohydrates and maintaining a diet rich in protein, healthy fats, and anti-inflammatory foods including:

  • leafy greens
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • blueberries
  • pineapple
  • walnuts
  • flax seeds
  • ginger
  • turmeric

For more professional advice on eliminating foot odor, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating foot odor and other common foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

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