Causes of Foot Odor
The first thing to blame for your foot odor is sweat. Your feet start to smell when excess sweat soaks your shoes and socks. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, which worsens the odor. You can sustain severe foot odor even if you regularly clean your feet or are not on them often during the day. This is because your feet have 500,000 sweat glands (250,000 per foot). They produce about 500-1000 mL of sweat daily.
Sometimes, you can trace the cause of your foot odor back to its smell. For example, if your feet smell like vinegar, you might have staphylococcus
Finally, environmental factors may exacerbate your foot odor. For instance, if you commonly wear thin socks, it can be easier for sweat to soak through. Wear well-fitting shoes with plenty of support as well. If you notice symptoms such as itchy feet or flaking skin, treat those right away.
Getting Rid of Odor
Getting rid of foot odor means dealing with bacteria and sweat. If you have naturally sweaty feet,
Another way to reduce foot odor is decreasing the time you wear shoes, or to at least wear shoes that are well-ventilated. Try to go barefoot at least a couple hours a day; this gives your foot sweat somewhere to go, thus decreasing bacteria.
When weather permits, wear open-toed shoes or sandals or stick to closed-toe leather shoes. And consider your socks: Cotton socks can often make matters worse as they do not dispel the moisture. Look for athletic moisture-wicking socks that feature
Are you suffering from smelly feet? The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists can determine the source of your problem and recommend treatments that can get you back on your feet. Call us at (913) 338-4440 or contact us online