Foot Odor & Sweating

When sweat gets trapped inside shoes, the result can be foot odor, an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. The foot has more sweat glands than any other part of the body, and that sweat isn’t easily absorbed due to the wearing of socks and shoes. Bacteria can grow which causes an odor. The medical term for sweaty feet is hyperhidrosis, while the term for smelly feet is bromhidrosis.

Diagnosis

The patient will usually recognize the problem at home and come into the office to seek treatment.

Treatment

A topical ointment, cream, powder or spray can be applied daily to reduce to the growth of the odor-causing bacteria. Other procedures using an electric current or botulinum injection may be indicated to decrease the amount of sweating.

Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers now offers Sterishoes. 

The SteriShoe® ultraviolet shoe sanitizer is the world’s first product to safely and effectively sanitize the inside of your shoes without using chemicals. By using germicidal ultraviolet light (“UVC”), the SteriShoe® ultraviolet shoe sanitizer kills microorganisms that cause athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and shoe odor.

The SteriShoe® shoe sanitizer is sold in pairs so you treat a pair of shoes with each application. The treatment time is 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, the germicidal lamp automatically turns off and the SteriShoe® shoe sanitizer supports the shape of your shoe like a regular shoe tree.

We wash our clothes and we dry-clean our clothes. Given the fact that we sweat up to ½ a pint a day per foot, it’s a good thing we can finally sanitize the inside of our shoes with the SteriShoe® ultraviolet shoe sanitizer.

  People with diabetes must be proactive about the health of their feet. Using the SteriShoe® ultraviolet shoe sanitizer provides a healthier environment for feet inside shoes.

Each order includes: A pair of SteriShoe® shoe sanitizers, 2 shoe bags, 2 UVC lamps, and a power cord.

Without Treatment

Sweaty, smelly feet may continue to make people feel uncomfortable. In certain situations these conditions may be a sign of a more complicated medical problem.

Prevention

Bathing daily and drying feet completely will help to decrease foot odor. Applying a thin layer of baby powder and changing socks every day will also keep sweating down. Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. Wear cotton socks and shoes that are breathable.