Smelly feet is a condition known as “bromodosis.” It is a problem many people face and are embarrassed by. Smelly feet are caused by a combination of sweat and bacteria. Our feet have some of the most sweat glands in our body, and when they are trapped in our shoes all day, they tend to sweat more and the moisture stays longer. For this reason, it is important to change your socks at the end of the day, clean our feet, and dry them well. You should also let shoes dry completely before wearing them again. You can also wear moisture wicking socks.
Other causes of smelly feet include…
- Fungus– Fungus likes to live in dark, moist places. Fungal infections of our feet typically present with dry, scaling skin, itching, and sometimes odor. If you think you have a fungal infection, you should seek medical attention. Fungus can be treated with either a cream or oral medication. If the fungus does not resolve, a biopsy can be done to confirm there is nothing more going on.
- Hyperhidrosis- This means excessive sweating. People can sweat more for many reasons, including fevers, nerve dysfunction, other systemic disease, and even malignancy.
- Hormonal changes- This can happen during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and stress.
- Poor Hygiene
If you experience bromodosis, you can use an antiperspirant spray or roll-on, like you do for your underarms. Pedi-powders and anti-fungal powders can also help to keep both your feet and shoes dry, as well as preventing fungus formation. They also make anti-fungal shoe and foot sprays to prevent such infections. In severe cases of hyperhidrosis causing your smelly feet, a low-concentration drying agent or acid may need to be applied daily to to prevent excessive moisture.
Have you tried many remedies for smelly feet and can’t seem to find a solution? Call Hollowbrook Foot Specialists today for all of your foot needs. We can be reached at (845) 298-9074 and are serving the Hudson Valley from Wappingers Falls.
By: Samantha DelRegno D.P.M.