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By Dr. Steven Miller
June 28, 2015
Category: Skin
Tags: Sweat   odor   smelly feet   bacteria  

Foot odorThe main cause of foot odor (smelly feet) is germs that produce bad-smelling substances. Moisture creates the environment that fosters bacterial and fungal growth. The foot is prone to moisture since it has the highest concentration of sweat glands of the entire body and is enclosed in a shoe.

To reduce the number of germs, wash your feet daily and dry them completely. Swabbing between the toes with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol – even an alcohol pad – is another inexpensive remedy. Be aware that alcohol should not be used on an open wound.

To keep your feet dry throughout the day, wear well-ventilated shoes. Socks made with Coolmax or similar moisture-wicking fabric are frequently used by athletes. Odor-Eaters have activated charcoal to absorb moisture.

In 2006, researchers discovered that a female malaria mosquito is attracted equally to the smell of human feet and Limburger cheese.

If you or a family member has foot odor that persists, schedule an appointment by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking here.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 18, 2014
Category: Education
Tags: bacteria   nail salon   footbath  

An investigation by the television show 20/20 found that some nail salons are unsanitary. In one case, high levels of tuberculosis-related bacteria were identified in footbaths. The owner admitted that he never cleaned the suction screens in the footbaths where debris from hair, skin and nails accumulate — that is where the bacteria is believed to have built up.

Other salons revealed more disturbing practices. Disposable nail buffers and emery boards were used on multiple customers. Disinfectants were excessively diluted. Some were caught using razor-sharp blades to scrap calluses from customers' feet.

Each state has guidelines to assist salons in providing a safe and healthy experience. These can be found at:

If you have any questions or concerns about your feet, please call (847) 675-3400 or go to to schedule an appointment. Our office is dedicated to education and providing quality and comfortable treatment.