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How to Prevent Bad Foot Odor

Published on August 9th, 2021

Just like the rest of your body, you want your feet to be as clean and good-smelling as possible! Especially in the summer months when you’re likely extra sweaty, it may be harder to maintain clean and dry feet. However, there are some easy solutions you can try at home to curb your foot odor or prevent it from happening in the first place.

Wash With Soap

Even on days you don’t shower, you should wash your feet with antibacterial soap and warm water. This soap will help prevent smelly bacteria from sticking to your feet and ensure that your feet are clean. Don’t forget to dry them completely – especially in between your toes. 

Switch Off Shoes

After you wear a pair of shoes for the day, they’re most likely going to be a little sweaty and moist from your feet. After wearing them, avoid putting them on again for the next 24 hours. If you put on the same pair of shoes that are sweaty and not completely dry, they will be the perfect environment for foul smells to grow.

You can also ask your podiatrist for recommendations for special shoe powder that absorbs sweat and leaves a pleasant odor in your shoe.

Wear Special Socks

Not all socks are created equal. If you struggle with sweaty or smelly feet, it would be best to invest in antibacterial or moisture-wicking socks. By keeping the moisture away, you’ll prevent bad odors, especially after you take the socks off. 

Deodorant For Your Feet

Putting any sort of antiperspirant on your feet will help keep them dry and smell-free. However, if you suffer from hyperhidrosis, also known as excess sweating, this could be a large cause of foot odors. If you do and regular antiperspirant doesn’t work well enough for you, there are prescription creams and antiperspirants that would be more effective. 

Schedule an Appointment Today

While food odor isn’t uncommon or dangerous, if it doesn’t go away from traditional methods you try at home, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our foot specialists. Foot odor can have many possible causes, and our specialists will be able to help you get down to the bottom of the issue and treat it from the root cause. Don’t deal with smelly feet this summer; make your appointment today! 

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