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How to Fight Foot Odor


Not one person wants to be known as having a foot odor problem. Foot odor although an embarrassing and uncomfortable foot condition, is very common and many people are suffering from this situation on a daily basis. Although it can be controlled to a degree by daily management and home remedies, people who suffer from foot odor and smelly feet should consider the opinion of a podiatrist when symptoms do not go away and if the condition is affecting their daily routine or lifestyle.

What is foot odor?

Foot odor is a condition where your feet are foul-smelling or have an unpleasant odor. It may not warrant a problem if only you can smell it, but if you suspect it is detectable by others, this could be an unsettling feeling.

What causes foot odor?

Foot odor is usually caused by bacteria that is released as you sweat through your pores. Humans have over 200,000 sweat glands in their feet and as our feet produce moisture, a mix of sweat and bacteria cause foot odor. Some people have more sweat glands than others and thus, sweat more than others. Foot odor can be described as cheese-like, or smelling of vinegar or sweat. Foot odor is generally caused by shoes or wearing the same pair of shoes every day. Foot odor can be present in your feet, shoes and your socks.

Should I be worried about foot odor?

Generally, foot odor is not something to be overly concerned about. There are however, some other causes of foot odor which include:

  • Stress
  • Consumption of alcohol or drugs
  • Hormonal changes in the body
  • Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty feet condition)
  • A medication you may be taking
  • Poor hygiene or dietary habits

How to manage foot odor? 

Good hygiene can eliminate foot odor in most cases. You can try to change your shoes and socks each and every day and opt for breathable materials when buying new shoes. Keep your feet dry at all times. Wipe them off thoroughly after bathing or any water activities or sports. Keep your nails trimmed and get regular pedicures to remove the dead cells from accumulating under your feet and between your toes. You can also try home remedies to trap sweat and moisture by doing the following:

  • Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes
  • Apply a foot odor cream
  • Use a foot disinfecting spray
  • Soaking your feet in salt water daily

How to prevent foot odor?

If home remedies and proper hygiene do not help, consult with a board certified podiatrist.

Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is a board certified podiatrist who can help you with your foot condition. Dr. DeMarco will examine you and get to the root of your problem. He and his wonderful staff treat men, women and children daily at their office in Somers Point, New Jersey with all their foot and ankle needs. Call us today at (609) 927-4894 so we can help you manage this embarrassing problem for good.