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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 28, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: foot odor  

Who doesn’t like to be carefree and enjoy wearing comfy shoes without worrying about foot odor? Unfortunately, an unimaginably large majority of people suffer from this odorous condition.

Did you know that your feet have 250,000 sweat glands? That amounts to an entire cup full of sweat per day! Not surprisingly, it is the sweat and the bacteria that thrive on the sweat that leads to smelly feet. Fungal skin and nail infections can also cause the odor.

Here are a few measures that you can adopt to avoid foot odor:

  • Make sure that your feet are clean and dry. Washing them daily with anti-bacterial soap and drying them thoroughly before putting on any socks or shoes is important in preventing foot odor.
  • Wear socks that are made from breathable fabric. Your socks should be clean and dry too. If the sweat keeps accumulating inside them, not only will that cause your feet to smell, but it will also expose your feet to fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Switch shoes frequently and allow for a gap before repeating the same shoes. Spraying your footwear with antiseptic will kill any bacteria or fungi that may be present inside.
  • Add soap combined with any odor killing ingredients like apple cider vinegar or tea tree to water and soak your feet in it. Remove any dead skin and dry your feet for better results.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we recommend that patients get their feet examined for any underlying condition. Sometimes a condition could be indicating a bigger problem that needs to be addressed urgently.

Feel free to consult our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who has vast experience in treating foot and ankle conditions like sports injuries, diabetic foot complications, infections, bone and joint issues and more. Call us at (718) 624-753 or visit our offices in located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn, New York. Remember, healthy feet are happy feet!

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 02, 2019
Category: foot conditions

Foot odor or smelly feet is a common problem faced by almost everyone around the world. The unpleasant odor can make you self-conscious and even disrupt your day-to-day interactions with others. Sweat alone doesn’t have a scent; it is the bacteria that eat the sweat which produces a strong and pungent-smelling odor.

Here are some of the key factors that may contribute to having smelly feet:

  1. Stress/Anxiety: During high anxiety and stressful situations, our body tends to produce sweat from the apocrine glands which are usually found in your armpit or genital region. These glands secrete a much thicker sweat that has a high concentration of lipids, proteins, and fat. This provides good feed for bacteria, yet terrible news for the person sitting alongside you.
  2. Infections: Fungal infections and their poor monitoring can contribute to bad foot odor.
  3. Shoes: The sweat from your foot usually gets trapped inside your shoes. The bacteria feast on the sweat accumulation on your feet, causing smelly feet. Shoes made with synthetic materials can easily trap the sweat, not allowing it to evaporate. Switch your shoes from time to time, especially athletic shoes, allowing them to air out properly before you slide them back on.
  4. Hyperhidrosis: This is a skin condition where you sweat profusely. The accumulation of sweat or moisture on your feet fuels fungal and bacterial infections. The bacteria upon consuming the sweat create bad odors.
  5. Poor hygiene: Poor podiatric hygiene is often the culprit for smelly feet. A good foot care routine helps you part ways with bacteria and sweat.

If you have a severe case of smelly feet, you might want to talk with your podiatrist about the next level of care.

If you are suffering from an unpleasant foot odor or think that one of the above factors is affecting your foot health, come to Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Joseph Stuto, our board-certified podiatrist, specializes in all sorts of foot-related problems such as arthritis, toe deformities, skin disorders, and crush injuries. For more information on foot odor and foot health, call (718) 567 1403 or browse through our extensive patient library online