Foot odor is a common problem, but home care can help. Smelly feet are the result of your sweat mixing with the bacteria that live on the surface of your skin and in your shoes. Dealing with the sweat can help reduce or eliminate the unpleasant scent. Wear moisture-wicking, fitted socks made from breathable materials. Make sure your shoes allow air to circulate—skip the plastic kind in favor of those made with canvas, leather, or mesh. Wash and dry your feet daily to keep them clean, and avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row. If you sweat heavily or participate in athletics, change your socks during the day to minimize how much moisture stays trapped against your skin. Apply antiperspirant deodorant, sprays, or powders to your feet and footwear; these can help with both the moisture and the smell.
If you continue to struggle with smelly feet, let our staff at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you with more intensive ways of managing foot odor. You can use our website, call, or fax a request for an appointment: to reach the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to reach the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.