Making Your Feet Work For You

Possible Solutions For Your Stinky Feet

If people clear out of the room when you take off your shoes, you're probably embarrassed about your foot odor. Foot odor is a serious problem for some people, and it seems like no matter what you do, the problem won't go away. If your case is severe, then seeing a foot doctor for medical treatments might be necessary. Here are a few tips for dealing with smelly feet.

Keep Your Feet Dry

Feet develop bad odors due to bacteria that thrive in the warm, damp environment of your shoes. Keeping your feet and shoes dry can help reduce odor. Change your socks a couple of times during the day to keep your feet dry. Alternate the shoes you wear, so each pair has a day or two to dry out before you wear them again. 

Also, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly after you shower, so they are dry when you put on your socks and shoes. Don't go without socks unless you wear sandals because socks absorb sweat and help keep your shoes dry. Wearing tennis shoes without socks makes the shoes and your feet develop a foul odor more quickly.

Use Antiperspirant And Powders

You can use antiperspirant on your feet like you do on your underarms. Your foot doctor can even provide a strong antiperspirant by prescription that helps control sweating and odor. Foot powder and sprays are available over the counter that you can try. Powder helps absorb moisture and combat odors. Treat your shoes as well as your feet because the odor washes off of your feet, but it will persist in your shoes if you don't treat them.

Wear The Right Shoes And Socks

You want air circulation around your feet, so choose shoes that breathe. You may need to avoid shoes made of synthetic materials that allow sweat to build up. Open-toe sandals can help boost air circulation and foot drying. Just choose sandals with good support and foot protection if you wear them frequently. The right socks are important too. Choose socks that wick away sweat and keep your feet dry. Look for athletic brands that are marketed for keeping feet dry and comfortable.

Undergo Medical Treatments

Your podiatrist might suggest treatments when your problem is severe enough and not helped by other means. This might require a full body evaluation to determine the cause of the excessive sweating and odor. It's possible you have a medical condition that needs to be treated by your family doctor. If excessive sweating is the problem, then the foot doctor might recommend a treatment such as Botox injections that stop sweating for months at a time.

If you're embarrassed by smelly feet or if your spouse always complains about how bad your feet smell, talk to a podiatrist and get help eliminating the problem. There's usually a solution and working with a professional will help you put an end to your problem quickly and safely.

For more information, contact a company like Bazzi Podiatry.