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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 24, 2017

When temperatures are high, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM tend to get more inquiries about foot odor problems. Hot weather can kick up the perspiration production of the 250,000 plus sweat glands that call your feet home causing them to secrete up to half a pint of sweat a day. Interestingly, that sweat alone is not what smells. The foul odor is produced by bacteria that feed off the sweat. 

While there is a physical condition that causes excessive sweating—called Hyperhidrosis—it results in sweaty feet all year round. In addition to elevated temperatures, excessive perspiration can also be caused by certain medications, stress, body changes and fluid consumption. In some cases, a bacterial or fungal infection may be the source of the smell. For this reason if, after trying the suggestions below you are unable to eliminate the bad foot smell, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225- 7410 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can examine your foot and get to the bottom of what’s causing the foot odor. But first, try these odor eliminating tips:

  1. Start each day with a fresh pair of socks made of cotton or other absorbent material. Change them when they get damp—even it means you have to wear several pairs in one day.
  2. Alternate your footwear. Shoes are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria—dark, warm and damp. For this reason, you should avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Allow shoes a day to air out. 
  3. Choose footwear that is made out of natural, breathable material that allows good air circulation.
  4. Always wear socks with closed shoes.
  5. Develop a good daily foot hygiene routine. Wash feet using warm water and a mild soap. Dry completely. Apply a foot powder to help absorb sweat. 
  6. Try a foot soak. Use one part vinegar to two parts water and soak feet for 30 minutes. This will close up the pores and kill bacteria. Other recommended soaks include black tea or Epsom salts. 
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