Dealing With Foot Odor

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!

Author
Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC

You Might Also Enjoy...

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Do you have unattractive yellow, brittle toenails? Sounds like you may have nail fungus. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with it. Learn what causes this common nail infection and how to prevent it.

6 Common Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries can impact your ability to walk and get around. But did you know that there are different types of ankle injuries? Read on to learn the 6 most common ankle injuries and how to treat them.

Understanding Computerized Orthotics

Are you experiencing foot and ankle pain and don’t know where to turn for treatment options? Orthotics can help relieve foot pain and much more. Learn how computerized orthotics work and if they’re right for you.

PRP and Me: What You Should Know

Have you heard about PRP? It’s a natural healing therapy that has become popular in treating a variety of foot and ankle injuries. Learn about this cutting-edge treatment and if it’s right for you.