What Causes Smelly Feet

When you suffer from smelly feet, it is hard to go places for recreational activities that require you to change or take off your shoes. Most of the time you are afraid to offend others by the stench or that they will ridicule you for it. Smelly feet is a very common foot problem treated by podiatrists every day. Sometimes instead of seeing a podiatrist, we try to cure the issue ourselves. This can either work very well or make your feet smell much worse.

Why do my feet smell?

There are two main reasons why feet smell. The first is that you wear shoes. The second reason is because of your feet sweat. The two reasons combined together make for a very stinky situation. The sweat and bacteria that live in your shoes interact with each other. Once they do the bacteria begin to thrive in the crevices of your shoes and socks. So, when you try to get rid of the odor on your own, you need to make sure that you address both problems simultaneously.

The feet contain more sweat glands than any other part of the body. They have about 3,000 glands per square inch of the foot. When your feet sweat, they usually do so in an enclosed, warm area. Because they are not in the open air, the odor grows and builds up. Instead of evaporating, the sweat lingers and grows more bacteria to increase the smell.

Inside the shoe, temperatures can reach up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. The moisture paired with the dark and warm area in the shoe provides a great breeding ground for bacteria to grow, live, and thrive. These bacteria make isovaleric acid which is the root cause of foot odor. The more moisture exists, the more bacteria are created. This makes an even worse odor.

Sometimes an underlying condition can cause smelly feet. This condition is called hyperhidrosis. This disorder causes excessive sweating. It is most commonly found in males but can affect females too.

Stress, medication, amount of fluid intake, and hormonal changes can also increase perspiration of the body. If you suspect that one of these causes is causing you to sweat more it is important to seek the help of a medical professional immediately.

Although smelly feet are very common, they do not usually cause life-threatening circumstances. With a little treatment from the podiatrist and a change in your regular daily habits, you can stop smelly feet in their tracks.

Too embarrassed to take off your shoes because of the smell? Partake in sports and have especially smelly feet? Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank can provide you with easy steps to prevent your smelly feet. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.