Throughout life there might be times when we are bothered by how our feet smell. If I had a nickel every time the mother of a teenage boy was embarrassed by his smelly feet I could travel more…just kidding. Some suffer with excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis) and bacterial skin infection that can lead to malodor. In my practice I like to start with a simple solution and if it does not work then we can try something more aggressive. In the case of “smelly feet” I recommend tea soaks. Simply boil some water (enough for a foot bath), steep a few tea bags and let the water cool to a point you could put your elbow in it without discomfort. Then soak your feet for about fifteen minutes and do this daily for two weeks. The tannic acid in tea should lower the pH enough to kill surface bacteria and should help shrink sweat glands a bit. A few puffs of Lysol in the shoe never hurt either. If this does not do the trick the call and make an appointment at Sowell Podiatry and we will get to the bottom of the problem!
The information contained in this article is not intended to provide advice for individual problems, nor to substitute for professional advice or care from a physician. For answers to specific questions concerning your personal circumstances, you should consult your physician directly.