What’s That Smell?

Working out is a great way to keep your body and your feet healthy. Jogging, walking, sports and even the gym are great ways to keep in shape and stay mobile. Millions of Americans exercise every day. Once that exercise is done though, some people get a huge surprise. They take off their shoes and get a sudden waft of smelly feet. This smell is not peasant and can sometimes linger for long periods of time, making everyone around you uncomfortable.

Foot odor, also known as bromhidrosis, is something many people deal with. Some people do not even have to exercise in order to suffer from smelly feet. Some people just have naturally smelly feet. The cause of smelly feet is decomposing bacteria on the feet. The bacteria decompose in the sweat that your feet emit. Essentially, the bacteria eat the sweat on your body and produce a byproduct that has a very unpleasant scent. The good news is there are many ways to prevent and treat your smelly feet.

How Can I Conquer the Smell?

  • Use vinegar – Vinegar will dry out your feet and prevent the buildup of moisture. Bacteria cannot survive a dry environment and will perish.
  • Soak your feet – Fill up a tub with warm water. Add salt into the water. The salt will draw out any excess moisture. This will eliminate any livable space for the bacteria to breed.
  • Tea – Tea works as a natural antibiotic. Of all the teas, black tea works the best.
  • Cotton – Cotton socks let your feet breathe and prevent the buildup of moisture in your socks.
  • Foot Spray – Foot spray usually helps kill bacteria on the feet. Lysol can also help kill bacteria.
  • Foot Powder – Foot powder is another good option to add to your shoes. This powder absorbs any excess moisture that is in your shoes and forces bacteria to stay away.

Do you or a loved one struggle with smelly feet? Have you tried all kinds of powders to no avail? Are you having a hard time going out because your feet smell so badly? It is time to contact Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling, West Virginia. Podiatrist Bruce G. Blank, DPM will discuss the different treatment options available. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let your smelly feet rule your life.