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Why Your Shoes Smell So Bad

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Whether you choose the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail in West Sacramento, the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail in Folsom, or the East Davis Greenways, there are lots of options for scenic runs in the greater Sacramento, CA community. Spending time out on those trails can improve your circulation, lower blood pressure—and leave your shoes smelling less than fresh. We don’t want stinky shoes to deter you from those incredible physical benefits, so let’s take a look at why shoes smell bad and what you can do about it.

Many people associate foot odor with sweat and this is accurate, but perhaps not for the reason they might think. Sweat is odorless. The smell we associate with it is actually a byproduct from bacteria that live on the human body and digest the sweat.

When it comes to sweat and feet, you should know that your feet rely on hundreds of thousands of sweat glands to moisturize the skin, instead of the oil glands found just about everywhere else on the body. This leads to an increased volume of sweat for your lower appendages.

To prevent having shoes that smell badly, you should start by making sure that you wear moisture-wicking socks and shoes made from natural, breathable materials. Even better is to have at least two pairs of shoes that you can alternate every other day. This allows for 24 hours between uses so the shoes can dry completely.

Hygienic practices are also helpful in minimizing or preventing the odor that can be absorbed by your shoes. This means washing your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. Keeping your toenails trimmed properly is another way to reduce issues from microbial organisms that would otherwise hide underneath them.

To help improve the smell of your shoes, you can use a disinfecting spray or sprinkle baking soda in them to kill bacteria. Odor eaters and other powders for your feet can also prevent your shoes from becoming funky.

Hopefully these tips leave you with shoes that are less offensive and keep you motivated to continue hitting those trails in our Carmichael, CA community! If you need additional information, simply get in touch with McDowell Podiatry Group. We are only a phone call away when you dial (916) 961-3434. Of course, you can always schedule your appointment with us by filling out the form found here on our website, too.

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