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Managing Sweaty, Odorous Feet

Published September 2, 2015

Sweaty, odorous feet can be an embarrassing problem that many people deal with on a daily basis.  Foot odors are caused by a combination of moisture and normal bacteria found on the feet. Small lifestyle changes and minimal effort can help resolve these issues.

Feet are often one of the sweatiest parts of the body. Foot odor occurs when sweat or moisture and healthy bacteria on the feet cause an undesirable odor call isovaleric acid. Medically speaking, smelly feet are referred to as bromhidrosis. The simple remedy and cure for foot odor is straightforward: keep feet dry and clean them daily. 

Wear quick-drying socks or socks that wick away moisture to help keep feet dry. Also, be sure to wear clean socks daily. Using deodorizing foot powder or antiperspirant deodorant spray can help alleviate some of the excess sweating. Shoes should be kept dry and allowed to air out after extended periods of wearing. Spraying shoes with Lysol or other antibacterial solutions has been found to be helpful in controlling lingering foot odors.

If you are suffering from smelly, sweaty feet, please call to make an appointment today to see one of the doctors at Progressive Foot Care. 
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