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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 28, 2016
Tags: fungal infection   foot odor  

With the onset of hot summer days stinky feet are a problem that we get more frequent complaints about at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. Your feet have 250,000 sweat glands capable of producing up to half a pint of perspiration a day. Although the sweat itself does not have an odor, when it mixes with bacteria, a foul odor is released.  Foot odor can also be caused by a fungal or bacterial infection. If the foot odor is persistent, make an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. The foot doctor will determine the cause of the foot odor and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

You can help reduce foot odor with the following tips:

  • Wear shoes made of breathable materials such as leather, canvas or mesh.

  • Alternate your footwear to avoid wearing the same pair two days in a row. If you participate in a sport regularly, consider buying two pairs of athletic shoes to allow shoes to air out at least 24 hours between wearings.

  • Choose socks made of thick, absorbent material like cotton that will wick moisture away from the skin.

  • Change socks daily or more than once a day if you sweat profusely.

  • Wash feet daily with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between the toes.

  • Use foot powder to keep feet dry.

  • Check between your toes and on the bottoms of your feet for signs of athlete’s foot or fungal infections. Red, itchy, skin that’s weeping or blistering can be signs of an infection which can also lead to foot odor.

Most foot infections do not go away without treatment. If you do notice any symptoms of infection or other changes in the skin on your feet, be sure to come into our Washington office to have your feet examined.

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