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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 31, 2022

When the temperatures rise, our body starts to perspire. With added humidity, the sweat on our bodies cannot evaporate to cool us down as it normally should. Instead, sweat sticks to our bodies. Moisture is a breeding ground for different types of fungus. Think about it- fungus thrives in warm, damp areas. A common question we hear in our office is, “how can I prevent smelly feet?” We’ve curated professional tips and tricks to prevent and treat foot odor

What Causes Odor?

Microbes on the skin metabolize with compounds in your sweat, producing a foul odor. When sweat is left behind, specifically in your shoes, it can lead to even more unpleasant effects, such as a continuous unpleasant odor and even infections

How To Treat Odor

  • Wash Your Shoes and Insoles. Washing and drying your shoes can help eliminate odor and keep them fresh. High temperatures tend to degrade plastic and other shoe materials, which may shorten the life of the shoes. If you do need to wash shoes, hand wash them cold and air-dry them. If using a washing machine, remove shoelaces, use the cold water setting and then let them air-dry.
  • Store Shoes in A Cool, Dry Place. Cold temperatures inhibit the growth of bacteria and other fungi. Ideally, you should try storing your shoes in a cool, dry room with good airflow.

How To Prevent Odor

  • Thoroughly Clean Your Feet. If you prefer to do this in the shower, it is important to wash your feet thoroughly rather than simply rinsing. Using a washcloth is a helpful way to clean and exfoliate. Use Epsom salt if you prefer to soak your feet in the bathtub. Epsom salt detoxifies and draws moisture out of the feet, removing the fungus breeding ground.
  • Keep Your Feet Dry. It is important to keep your feet dry if you have just finished bathing, soaking, or swimming. The unpleasant odor usually comes from moisture. If you tend to have sweaty feet as the day goes on, keep an extra pair of clean, dry socks in your car to change into mid-day. Choosing socks made of cotton or other moisture-wicking materials will allow excess moisture to evaporate.
  • Use Powder. If your feet are extra sweaty, try using an over-the-counter foot antiperspirant. Alternatively, you could sprinkle a little cornstarch inside your shoes. 

When To See a Podiatrist

If you can’t seem to solve unpleasant foot odor, it’s time to bring in extra help and see your podiatrist. To schedule an appointment with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office, call (860-)632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 01, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's foot   barefoot   hygiene   fungus  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we find that each season brings its own unique podiatric challenges. During the summer months, we see more cases of athlete’s foot. Why? It’s a fungal infection that is spread by direct contact. At this time of the year more people are going barefoot and that’s the perfect way to pick up a case of athlete’s foot.

Below are some do’s and don’ts for preventing athlete’s foot:

Do: practice good basic foot hygiene. Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water. Afterwards, dry your feet thoroughly. Be especially sure to dry the spaces between your toes as this is often where athlete’s foot begins.

Don’t: go barefoot in public places. Wear flip flops or shower shoes when you are at the nail salon, town pool, gym or using the rest rooms or changing facilities at a lake or beach.

Do: have an extra pair of socks handy if your feet tend to sweat profusely. Change your socks as soon as your feet feel moist. Consider buying socks made of material that wicks moisture away from your skin if this is an ongoing issue.

Do: wear shoes that are made of natural materials and allow your feet to breathe. Good air circulation around your feet will be helpful.

Don’t: wear the same pair of shoes every day. Alternate footwear to give shoes a chance to air out.

Do: dust feet with an anti-fungal or talcum powder each morning to aid in keeping them dry.

Don’t: share shoes, towels, emery boards or other items that other people use on their feet.

Seek Treatment Early

In addition to itching, signs of athlete’s foot include: red skin that’s dry and scaling, blisters and oozing. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact our Cromwell office and have our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, take a look at your feet. Without treatment, athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of your body and to other people.



 








 

 

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