Foot odor is something that we are all familiar with and smelly feet we all try to avoid or eliminate at one time or another. If you have ever wondered what causes smelly feet, the answer might surprise you. Unlike body odor, foot odor is not always caused by a lack of hygiene. The main cause of foot odor is sweat, however sweat itself does not have an odor. The dampness locked in your shoes breeds bacteria and that is what causes stinky feet.
However, it does not only cause stinky feet, it also can cause your shoes to have a bad odor too. That means even if you shower or clean your feet, they can pick up foot odor over and over again. If the smell persists, it may be time to talk to your doctor to find out how to get rid of smelly feet. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment at one of our 6 locations with a podiatrist, such as Palm Beach Gardens.
What is Foot Odor?
Foot odor forms when your feet sweat and the moist environment breeds bacteria that smells. The medical term is bromhidrosis. Sweating is a normal reaction to heat or the body’s response to stress. If foot odor persists even with proper hygiene and cleaning your shoes, you might have a condition that causes excess sweating.
Symptoms of Foot Odor
Foot odor and smelly feet are the symptoms themselves. The cause of the odors is bacteria that get trapped in the damp environment inside your shoes.
Treatment for Foot Odor
Foot odor is not a result of bad hygiene, however, making sure that your feet and shoes are clean will go a long way toward eliminating smelly feet. If you have tried that and it is not enough, there are deodorants and powders that prevent and absorb foot odors. In rare cases, if you have a condition that causes excess sweating, a doctor can help you get rid of stinky feet with prescription treatments and, in rare cases, laser treatments to prevent foot sweat.
Diagnosing Foot Odor
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for foot odor? No need to stress over seeing a podiatrist. Our goal is to work with you and get to the bottom of what could be causing your foot odor. The doctor can usually diagnose dermatitis just by examining your feet. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the legs and feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.