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Are You Suffering from Foot Odor?


Foot odor, also called bromodosis, is a common problem that affects millions of people. Your feet and your hands have the most sweat glands than any other area of the body. Sweat by itself has no smell; nevertheless, the moisture-loving bacteria can raise your risk of producing a potent stench.

What causes foot odor?

The cause is simple: our skin hosts millions of bacteria, and when your feet sweat after a long day of work or play or by wearing closed shoes, these microorganisms start feasting on the nourishing liquid and break it down into foul-smelling chemicals. There is one species of bacteria, brevibacterium, that dwells between the toes, thrives in a wet environment, and is responsible for the foul odor of feet. The same bacteria are in the cheese-making process for many varieties of cheese.

Common foot conditions with foot odor:

  • Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin illness that typically begins between the toes and causes foot odor.
  • Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which you sweat excessively that’s not always related to heat or exercise.

Can foot odor be treated?

The following remedies can help you reduce your foul foot odor.

  • Submerging your feet in strong black tea and cold water for half an hour daily for one whole week helps kill bacteria and reduce foot odor.
  • Your foot might be infected, so make sure to use a prescribed antifungal or antibacterial cream to counter the infection.
  • Wear the right shoes and change them frequently to avoid the accumulation of sweat resulting in odor.
  • Wash your feet regularly and keep them dry.
  • Avoid wearing wet socks or wearing socks when your feet are wet.
  • Let your feet breathe. Avoid wearing closed shoes for extended periods in a stretch.

If your foot odor disrupts your health or lifestyle, it may be time to visit both your primary care physician and a podiatrist.

If you have concerns about extreme sweating or are unsure of what’s causing your foot odor, we are here to help. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.