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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.
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.
- 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
- flax seeds
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!
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!