Foot Odor & Sweating

When sweat gets trapped inside shoes, the result can be foot odor, an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. The foot has more sweat glands than any other part of the body, and that sweat isn’t easily absorbed due to the wearing of socks and shoes. Bacteria can grow which causes an odor. The medical term for sweaty feet is hyperhidrosis, while the term for smelly feet is bromhidrosis.


The patient will usually recognize the problem at home and come into the office to seek treatment.


A topical ointment, cream, powder or spray can be applied daily to reduce to the growth of the odor-causing bacteria. For your convenience our office carries Clarus Antifungal cream to treat athlete foot infections, that can also make your feet smell. 

Eliminate fungus in your shoes to prevent fungal infections and eliminate odor. A critical part to eliminate shoe odor is to kill fungus and bacteria in your shoes.

Here are some tips:

  • Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. The warm, moist environment of a shoe is a perfect home for fungus. Letting the shoes dry out for a day helps minimize fungus.
  • Spray your shoes after each use with Clarus Shoes Spray to kill fungus and bacteria.
  • An an option you may use an Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer.

Without Treatment

Sweaty, smelly feet may continue to make people feel uncomfortable. In certain situations these conditions may be a sign of a more complicated medical problem.


Bathing daily and drying feet completely will help to decrease foot odor. Applying a thin layer of baby powder and changing socks every day will also keep sweating down. Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. Wear cotton socks and shoes that are breathable.