One of the more embarrassing problems people bring to Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic is foot odor. Your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands so it’s no surprise that feet perspire quite a bit. Bacteria that feed off sweat are what cause the bad smell. Most of the time our feet are in socks and shoes, creating the perfect dark, moist environment for bacteria to grow and thrive. The trick to controlling foot odor is to reduce perspiration and prevent bacteria from accumulating.
Excessive sweating of the feet can be caused by a genetic condition called hyperhidrosis. Other possible causes of super sweaty feet are how much fluid you drink, body changes, stress, and some medications.
Treatment and Prevention
Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh, will conduct a thorough examination of your feet and will make recommendations based on your personal history and habits. In many cases, the treatment suggestions are also the best way to prevent foot odor from starting in the first place. These include:
- Choose footwear made of breathable material that allows air to circulate and always wear socks with shoes
- Don’t wear the same pair of shoes for more than one day in a row
- Clean feet daily with soap and water, making sure you dry them well when finished
- Wear socks made of cotton or other absorbent material; change at least once a day or when they become damp
- Apply powder after cleaning and drying feet to help absorb sweat
- Foot soaks using materials such as Epsom salts, vinegar, herbal tea, and vinegar can help control foot odor