Does your wife make a face every time you slip your shoes off after exercising? Can you smell your teenager’s shoes from across the hall even from behind a closet door? Foot odor is a common issue that has many causes and, thankfully, many solid solutions. Here are some common causes and fixes for foot odor:
Sweaty feet. Your feet have an astounding 250,000 sweat glands. Sweat causes odor by mixing with naturally occurring bacteria on your skin and in your shoes.
Suffocated feet. Hard nylon or plastic shoes can contain the sweat and bacteria inside, causing a nasty aroma blast when you remove them at the end of the day. Try some air-circulating materials like canvas or mesh.
The perpetual sock-wearer. Never wear your socks more than one day without washing them. Mix up the shoes you wear too, changing every few days at least. If your feet sweat a lot, change your socks once or twice during the day.
Wicking socks. Speaking of socks, make sure yours are the right material. Wicking socks, typically made from synthetic blends or from acrylic fibers, can get rid of the sweat from your 250,000 sweat glands. Thick cotton or wool socks are great for the winter but can trap in moisture and cause your feet to stink.
Not wearing socks. If you’re wearing a closed-toe shoe, socks are a must. They help absorb the sweat that would just be swimming around in a shoe.
Wash your feet. Rinse your feet well, ensuring you clean the soles and between the toes. After bathing, make sure you dry all areas well.
At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re not afraid of a little foot odor! If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you can’t get rid of the smell, it might be time to give us a call. Dr. Adam Mucinskas can see you at our conveniently located office in Cromwell, Connecticut area.