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Get a Grip on Foot Odor

The average person has anywhere between 2 to 5 million sweat glands. These glands help secrete sweat in order to regulate the body’s temperature. Your feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body.

A medical condition where the skin sweats excessively is called hyperhidrosis, whereas the medical term for smelly feet is referred to as bromhidrosis.

Sweat itself is odorless, it’s the bacteria that causes the sweat to smell bad. The smell is produced by the bacteria that grows inside your shoes. Bacteria thrives in warm and moist settings, the two main elements that your footwear provides. People with smelly feet may also suffer from sweaty feet.

Many of us have suffered from sweaty and smelly feet from time to time, however for some folks this is a never-ending problem which can be embarrassing and troublesome.

Here are some key tips that can help you get a grip on your foot odor:

  • Hygiene plays an integral part in averting smelly feet. Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water. Dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes to avoid any infection from spreading. Use a pumice stone to help remove dead skin.
  • If you sweat profusely, change your socks even more frequently to help reduce foot odor.
  • Keep your feet dry and comfortable by wearing sweat wicking socks. These socks can help you keep sweat away from your feet.
  • Always remember to wear socks before you go put on those shoes.
  • Choosing the right footwear can help you avoid smelly feet and the risk of infections. Avoid repetition of shoes. Make sure to air them out properly.
  • Use a medicated foot powder or an anti-fungal cream on your feet.

If you continue to have problems with foot odor and you still can’t seem to get rid of the odor, come to Paul S. DeMarco, DPM in Somers Point, New Jersey. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his team of highly trained professionals can provide you with the best care and treatment to help you overcome this condition. Make an appointment by calling our Somers Point office at 602-927-4894.