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How to Prevent Foot Odor Problems

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Foot odorIt’s almost that time of year again when ghosts, goblins, and yellow minions go door-to-door in an effort to get some sugary swag from residents in our Sacramento, CA communities. Younger trick-or-treaters may get a kick out of the old rhyme: “Trick or treat/smell my feet/give me something good to eat.” Although, the “smell my feet” line might not be so true if their parents know how to prevent foot odor!

Feet get a bum rap when it comes to odor. When you look into the reason why feet smell, you will find out that it stems, in part, from the fact that they rely on sweat glands for moisturizing the skin (unlike the rest of the body which has oil glands to do the job). This is significant, because the odor is emitted when bacteria that naturally reside on your body digest your sweat and break it down.

There are methods of treating strong odor, but you would likely rather avoid the unpleasant situation altogether. As a “treat” for you, these following tips will help you to prevent feet from smelling in the first place:

  • Wash your feet daily – Use warm water and mild, antibacterial soap for best results.

  • Wear fresh socks every day – Even better, make sure the socks are made from synthetic blends that wick moisture away and keep your feet cool.

  • Keep your feet dry – Bacteria thrives in damp environments, so wear those moisture-wicking socks—and shoes that breathe—to keep your feet comfortable and dry.

  • Alternate shoes – You can help keep feet dry by alternating between two different pairs of shoes every other day. Doing so provides 24 hours between uses of each pair to sufficiently dry.

  • Sprinkle baking soda in your footwear – This kills any bacteria residing inside your shoes.

  • Use a disinfecting spray – The reason bowling alleys use these sprays is because they work.

If you find that these tips for preventing smelly feet are not helping, you may need professional treatment. The good news is that McDowell Podiatry Group is always here for you. We can issue the advanced care you may need to put your problem to rest. Give our Carmichael, CA office a call today at (916) 961-3434 or use our online form to schedule your appointment with us.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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