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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 Dr. Miller
November 05, 2012
Category: Skin
Tags: Sweat   odor   sock  

Excessive sweating isn't just a summer issue. Perspiration is a year-round fact of life, and for some people it can be a real problem, especially with winter boots. Here are tips to prevent sweaty feet:

Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing.

Wear socks made from fabrics that are engineered to draw moisture away from the skin, such as Coolmax.

Use foot powder or a topical antiperspirant.

Change your socks at least once times per day.

Rotate your shoes and allow them to dry out between uses.

Feet that sweat excessively can lead to additional problems like foul odor, burning sensation, and athlete’s foot. If sweaty feet is plaguing you, call us for an appointment at (847) 675-3400.