Robert J. Warkala, DPM
Podiatrist serving South Jersey dedicated to your Foot & Ankle Health

Don’t let Stinky Sweaty Feet Take Over

Many people experience sweaty feet from time to time. However, for some people excessive foot sweating is a persistent problem which can be difficult to manage and most likely lead to smelly feet. Its little wonder that your feet begin to sweat and smell when they spend all day trapped inside of your shoes. Our feet sweat because of heat and exercise, as well as stress. With other areas of the body, sweat can easily evaporate, but with your feet it gets trapped between our toes and in socks and shoes. Our feet crave fresh air and most shoes don’t give them that luxury.

Ways to Avoid Stinky Sweaty Feet

So, what can you do about your swamp feet? You can’t always walk around barefoot to ward off sweat, but you can treat your feet right whether they’re in or out of shoes. By keeping your feet and shoes clean, you’ll help to eliminate sweaty soles and say goodbye to embarrassing foot odor. Wash feet daily with soap and water and dry thoroughly, especially dry carefully between the toes where skin can easily become soggy and germs can breed. These germs can lead to unwanted fungal infections. Make sure your feet are dry before putting socks and shoes on.

Some other simple tricks to avoid sweaty smelly feet are placing your shoes in the sun, allowing them to air dry and eliminate unwanted odor. After washing, apply a foot power or antiperspirant to help sweating feet stay drier. Be sure to change out your shoes and socks daily allowing your shoes the adequate time to breathe. For some people with excessive sweaty feet it may be a good idea to keep two to three extra pair of socks handy throughout the day.

Avoid wearing cotton socks. Even though cotton feels like a light and comfortable material it holds moisture next to the skin and can make foot odor worse. Cotton fibers also retain heat, instead of insulating (like wool) and heat equals bacteria and odor.  We suggest wearing socks made of synthetic fibers, such as a polyester blend. These socks prevent hot, humid feet and are durable, quick drying, wrinkle resistant and easy to clean.

We Can Help!

You should never be embarrassed by the sight or scent of your feet and with these quick and easy tips you don’t have to be! If your foot odor or sweating worsens over time or you aren’t finding any relief give us a call. Here at Cornerstone Foot & Ankle we will work with you to get you the beautiful feet you deserve. We offer a variety of medically prescribed antiperspirants and anti-fungal solutions right here in our office.  Call now or request your appointment online today!

Cornerstone Foot & Ankle is a full service foot and ankle specialty office with locations in SewellCherry HillMarltonMt. HollyWoodbury, and Glassboro; serving the South Jersey region. We offer a full suite of services including surgeryfracture carefungal nail carediabetic foot carepediatric podiatrycustom braces and orthotics, wound care, limb salvage, and treatments for arch pain, heel pain, and sports injuries; just to name a few. If it hurts below your knee, we can help you!  CALL NOW or request your appointment online TODAY!

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