Stinky Feet - How Your Podiatrist Can Help

Help! Why Do My Feet Stink?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Stinky Feet - How Your Podiatrist Can HelpEwwwww, what’s that smell?  Hopefully this is not the reaction you get when you take your shoes and socks off! I thought we would have a little fun today and take a break from ugly feet problems and talk about smelly feet problems.

So why do your feet stink? Well, hopefully not yours, but feet in general. First of all, you can blame the sweat glands in your feet. With more than 250,000 sweat glands each, your feet are among the sweatiest parts of your body. In one day, each foot can produce more than a pint of sweat!  And since sweat is basically just salt and water, it doesn’t really stink on it’s own.  The smells comes from bacteria that lives on our skin (it is perfectly normal to have bacteria living on your skin, by the way) that eats the sweat and then excretes waste!  So, it’s a pretty simple equation: (sweat ) + (bacteria)=stink!

Now you maybe thinking, “Well, we sweat all over our body though…why doesn’t it smell bad everywhere?” Good question! Blame it on your socks and shoes! The sweat our feet excrete can’t easily escape into the air due to our socks. When you take them off, the smell that hits you is all the bacteria excretion that has accumulated on your feet and consequently in your socks and shoes!

And it’s true, some people have stinkier feet than others.  These people simply sweat more!  So what do we do about all this stink?

Here are few pointers to keep those feet smelling fresh like a daisy!

  • wash your feet with strong anti-bacterial soap
  • wear clean socks
  • don’t wear the same shoes everyday
  • wear well-ventilated shoes instead of very constrictive shoes, such as boots
  • always wear socks, preferably made of cotton or other absorbent materials
  • change your socks a few times a day
  • use a daily foot spray
  • apply an antiperspirant to your feet
  • spray Lysol in your shoes before you put them in the closet at night, and let it air dry overnight

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.