How to Prevent Stinky Feet

Keeping your feet clean and dry and not wearing the same pair of shoes every day is the number one way to prevent foul foot odor. Your shoes need to air out at least 24 hours before wearing. You should also wear clean socks every day.

Ways to eliminate persistent foot odor include:

  • Spray feet with an antiperspirant. You can use a regular underarm spray, or one specialized for feet.
  • Wear socks that are specially made to prevent foot odors and keep feet dry or socks made with natural, breathable fibers such as cotton and wool.
  • When you are at home, go barefoot, if you can safely.
  • Use a disinfecting spray on your shoes.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes to eliminate odors.
  • Wash your shoes or insoles. Some shoes and insoles are washable, make sure that they are completely dry before you wear them.
  • Prevent sweating by wearing shoes that aren’t too tight.
  • Use medical insoles which have a deodorizing effect.
  • Toenails should be kept short and clean, and hard skin on the foot should be removed with a foot file. Hard skin on the feet becomes soggy when damp, opening it up to odor causing bacteria.

When to See a Doctor About Your Stinky Feet

The above tips will usually help prevent stinky feet.  However, if you have tried the things above and you still have stinky feet then we recommend you come see us. Keep in mind that some infections, like athlete’s foot, can also cause your feet to smell. Usually, this can be treated with an over the counter antifungal treatment that you can purchase at any pharmacy.

If you have a severe and persistent case of foot odor, then give us a call.  Our friendly foot doctors will help you find a solution for stinky feet that will fit your needs.

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Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.