When a distinct foul odor emanates from your shoes or feet, it can be an indication of an infection. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist atmospheres, such as the inside of a shoe or between the toes. Two types of bacteria are common causes of foot odor as they interact with the sweat on the feet and produce chemicals that smell bad. Isovaleric acid emanates a cheesy, sweaty foot odor, while propionic acid projects a sour smell. In addition, brevibacteria, which eats the dead skin on the toes, can produce a gas that also smells sour. Socks and shoes that don’t allow sweat to evaporate from the skin can be another cause of foot odor. A fungal infection, or tinea, frequently termed athlete’s foot, can also result in foot odor. The first line of defense against smelly feet is developing a daily foot care and hygiene regime. Wash and dry the feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. Allow your shoes and socks to dry completely between wearings. If foot odor is an ongoing problem for you, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and possible treatment options. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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