FAQs - Foot Odor
Why do my shoes smell?
Have you ever cleared a room by taking off your shoes? Have you ever wondered why your shoes smell? Simply put, smelly shoes are the result of sweat and bacteria interacting. Did you know your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands each? Believe it or not, your feet perspire more than any other area on your body. Each day a foot can produce up to a pint of sweat. However, it’s not sweat alone that causes the odor.
Bacteria are the actual cause of the smell. These tiny organisms eat the sweat produced by your feet. It is the waste excreted by the bacteria that smells. Bacteria love damp, dark places like your footwear. The sweat from our feet cannot escape while we wear shoes, so the bacteria have a feast. Once you take off your shoes, the smell of all of the bacteria’s waste hits you at once.
If you want to prevent or reduce foot odor give Dr. Howard Schaengold a call. The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic has been serving patients in the Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond, WA areas since 1992. Put your feet into our hands!
What can I do about my stinky feet?
Smelly feet? You’re not alone. We know how self-conscious foot odor can make you feel! The good news is that there are a variety of home remedies to treat this. The first thing you can do is keep your feet clean. Wash them every day with soap and water. If you want to go the extra mile, soak your feet in an Epsom salt bath. Not only will this kill bacteria, it will also relax your foot and ankle muscles. After your foot bath, it is important to make sure that your feet are dry before putting on socks or shoes.
Proper shoes are another key component in combating stinky feet. When choosing footwear, purchase a pair that is well ventilated. Go for natural leather. This offers more airflow to your feet than rubber or plastic shoes. Don’t just buy one pair of breathable shoes, buy a couple. It’s important to alternate your shoes daily. Let your shoes breathe 24 hours after you wear them. Airing them out causes the bacteria to die.
If you need to mask the smell, sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes and let them sit overnight. You can also try a vinegar spray. Using equal parts vinegar and water, spray this into your shoes, leaving 30 minutes to dry before putting them on.
If you are still having problems with foot odor and cannot seem to find a solution, call The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic at (425) 868-3338. There are prescription solutions to this problem. Dr. Howard Schaengold has been practicing in Sammamish, WA since 1992. Remember, you don’t have to live with foot odor!