Why Do My Feet Smell Bad?


Your feet have thousands of sweat glands which makes it a constant battle to keep excess moisture under control and disrupt the environment that bacteria and fungi love to grow in. Using antifungal and antibacterial sprays and powders in your footwear keep your feet as clean and dry as possible and by using antifungal and antibacterial sprays and powders in your footwear.

Some common causes of foot odor include the following:

1)    Bacteria and fungi—Since the bacteria and fungi that consume your sweat are actually secreting the bad odor as part of their metabolism, by reducing their number you will help reduce foot smells. Be sure to switch your shoes daily to give any moisture time to evaporate and to help kill the microorganisms.

2)    Skin and toenail conditionsThe same fungi that cause athlete’s foot infections also cause fungal toenail infections. Either can be a major source of foot odor.

3)    Hyperhidrosis—This is a condition that causes severe sweating under the arms, on the palms, and on the bottoms of the feet. Excess moisture creates a perfect environment for bacteria and fungi to grow and produce funky smells.

You can also help keep your feet smelling better by wearing shoes made from breathable material including canvas or Gortex which will allow moisture to evaporate. Keep your feet clean by washing daily with soapy, warm water. Always dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes.

If you are having trouble with uncontrollable foot odor, your foot doctor can help. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.