“My feet sweat so much, it makes them smell badly."
Does this describe your feet?
At Podiatry Station we work with all types of feet, even the smelly sweaty ones! There is usually a reason for the sweaty feet, which can be addressed very easily. Once the cause of the excessive sweating has been addressed, the smell often disappears by itself.
Anyone can get sweaty feet, at any temperature or in any season during the year. Teenagers and pregnant women are more likely to get them because hormonal changes make them sweat more. Athlete's Foot can also result in smelly feet.
You are also more likely to have sweaty feet if you're on your feet all day, wear shoes that are too tight, are under a lot of stress, or have a medical condition called Hyperhidrosis, which makes you sweat more than usual.
Feet often become smelly if the sweat absorbs into your shoes and they don't dry before you wear them again.
The good news is that smelly feet are usually easy to treat by keeping your feet clean and dry, and changing your shoes regularly.
To treat sweaty or smelly feet yourself, try to:
wash your feet with an antibacterial soap once a day. If this is not strong enough then the Podiatrist can recommended different products for you to try.
dry your feet well after they have been wet, especially between your toes try not to wear the same pair of shoes 2 days in a row so they have at least 24-hours to dry out change your socks (cheap nylon socks work best as they don't retain the sweat) at least once a day keep your toenails short and clean, and remove any hard skin with a foot file (it can become soggy when damp, which provides an ideal home for bacteria) If you often get sweaty feet, you might want to try:
using a spray deodorant or antiperspirant on your feet – a normal underarm deodorant or antiperspirant works just as well as a specialist foot product and will cost you less placing medicated insoles, which have a deodorising effect, into your shoes bamboo socks as these are the best and have been proven to keep feet fresh wearing leather or canvas shoes, as they let your feet breathe, unlike plastic ones to always wear socks with closed-toe shoes