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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 13, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: 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:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

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!

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 29, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Yes, dear, they do and what are you going to do about it? Well, let’s start with some facts. The way your perspiration interacts with the bacteria that lives in your shoes is the main offender. Together these two will kill your social life and scare off your friends faster than you can throw those stink bombs in the garbage. Dr. Discont understands this embarrassing foot problem and can offer some suggestions to help.

Prevent foot odor:

  • Always wear socks with closed toe shoes and don’t wear the same pair each day. Give them a rest and alternate them so they can breathe.
  • Use thick soft socks to help with moisture absorption and change them often throughout the day if they become too wet.
  • Sprinkle a nonmedicated baby powder or foot powder to your feet before slipping on your shoes especially on hot days or when you are going to play sports.
  • Stay away from nylon socks or plastic shoes as they do not allow much space for your feet to release their moisture.
  • Practice good foot hygiene to help keep bacteria out and dryness in.
  • Check for fungal infections often to make sure you have not developed athlete’s foot which breeds in these conditions.

If odor won’t quit don’t give up because there are some treatments, you can try from home to correct the problem.

Remedies for foot odor:

  • Soak your feet in black tea for 30 minutes a day – the acid in the tea kills unwanted bacteria.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment cream before bedtime and wrap you’re your feet with plastic wrap to keep the ointment on while you sleep.
  • Electrolysis can reduce the sweating which leads to smelly feet. This requires special equipment to administer but we can guide you in the right direction.

If odor won’t quit 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 it along with stress, and some medications. Let our specialists give you a hand with your feet and call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in our Chandler office at 480-732-0033. Kill the odor before it kills your social life!

By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
January 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Odor  

No one likes smelly shoes; here are some fast and easy ways to eliminate shoe odors.

Sometimes our day just wouldn’t be complete without our morning runs; however, sweating and active feet can often cause some rather foot odorunpleasant shoe odors. You don’t even have to be athletic to deal with this problem. Even just wearing the same shoes all day can cause this embarrassing issue. If you’ve started to notice an unpleasant smell coming from your shoes, there are ways to combat this problem without needing to toss them out.

  1. Use a newspaper: After wearing your shoes all day be sure to put newspaper in them immediately after taking them off. Even if you haven’t exercised in your shoes, your feet can still sweat. Absorb some of the odor­producing sweat by putting newspapers in your shoes. Leave the paper in until you’re ready to wear them, and you’ll be amazed at how fresh they still smell.
  2. Put them in the freezer or outside: While this sounds like an unusual method, putting your shoes in the freezer is a highly effective way to kill the bacteria that cause shoe odors (the bacteria is no match for the extreme cold). However, before you just toss your shoes into the freezer, it’s best to put them in a plastic bag first so you don’t contaminate your freezer and its contents. Leave the shoes inside overnight, then and take them out and let them thaw a bit before wearing. And if you happen to live in a climate where the temperature regularly drops below freezing at night, putting the shoes in a paper bag and leaving them out for the night isn’t a bad idea either!
  3. Create your own odor­killing powder: Baking soda is a miracle agent that can remove odors from just about anything, so why not your shoes? You don’t have to spend a ton of money on odor­fighting products when you can make your very own powder with things you can easily find in your kitchen. Mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of cornstarch, and then add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil before mixing everything together. Sprinkle the powder into your shoes and let it sit overnight. Just be sure to dump out the powder before wearing them.

Follow these handy tips, and your shoes will smell brand new again. Don’t just shove your shoes in the closet after a long day, deodorize them to keep your shoes smelling fresh and clean!