Smelly Summer Feet- Oh No!

You might enjoy taking off your shoes and kicking back at the Russian River, but if you suffer from foot odor others around you might not like it as much. Taking care of smelly feet doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. It is a fairly simple thing to do that just requires a little extra care.

Your feet tend to sweat more than any other part of your body. When you mix this excess perspiration and a confined, moist environment (like your shoes), the combination can be quite stinky. People who are on their feet all day or wear the same shoes without giving them time to air out, are more likely to suffer from this condition, also known as bromodosis. For extreme odor problems, it’s important to make sure that a fungal infection or athlete’s foot isn’t the cause of your smelly feet.

To prevent foot odor there are a few things you should keep in mind. Shoes take about 24 hours to completely dry out, so don’t wear the same pair two days in a row. Even a little bit of excess moisture can cause an unpleasant smell. To help keep your feet dry you can use an antibacterial foot powder or an antiperspirant. Also, always remember to wear socks. Specifically, wear a pair made of synthetic material that wick away moisture from your skin. If your feet already smell, there are different soaps that can get rid of the odor in a few days.  If you would like help selecting the right over-the-counter product, we do carry many in our office that are available for purchase and we would be more than happy to help you.

Call Dr. John Hollander at 707-578-1222 to schedule an appointment in our Santa Rosa, CA office. Don’t let smelly feet leave you feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed. Call us today and we will help you get rid of your foot odor once and for all!

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