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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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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.