What Causes Foot Odor?

Foot odor can be embarrassing, and if left untreated, it may only get worse. If you’ve noticed a strong odor coming from your feet, it’s time to seek treatment from a professional foot doctor. Family Foot Center offers health services to identify and prevent foot odor. You can also reduce your risk for developing foot odor by recognizing the following causes.

  • Bacteria

The main cause of foot odor is bacteria. Specific types of sweat glands located throughout your body provide food to sustain bacteria and their emitting odor. Of the two types of sweat glands, apocrine glands emit sweat containing proteins, amino acids, and other nutrients for the growth of bacteria. The more you sweat, the worse your foot odor will be.

  • Sweaty Clothing

Although sweat will evaporate off of your skin, your socks and shoes lock in this destructive moisture. After a strenuous workout at the gym, your socks may be damp with sweat. It’s essential to clean your heels and toes immediately after your workout to protect your feet from developing an odor. Foot odor persists when you leave your sweaty socks on your feet for extended periods of time, as the existing bacteria on your feet will grow and thrive.

  • Poor Hygiene

Poor hygiene can also contribute to foot odor. When you neglect to shower or bathe after hiking outdoors or engaging in physical exercise, the sweat molecules linger on your skin and clothing. Without washing your skin immediately, the bacteria on your feet continue to grow and multiply. Don’t be surprised if several missed showers results in a stronger odor from your feet.

  • Bromhidrosis

The clinical term for foot odor is a condition called bromhidorisis. Your podiatrist may diagnose you will this condition if your foot odor persists or becomes abnormally potent. Your skin may be genetically designed to sweat profusely. Seek treatment from your foot doctor to prevent your foot odor from worsening due to a naturally-occurring condition.

Prevent or treat foot odor by calling Family Foot Center today. Schedule an appointment by calling (718) 767-5555 for a professional consultation. We also offer foot surgery for conditions like heel pain and bunion removal.

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Watch this Video for Exercise Tips for Your Feet

Seeking treatment for common foot conditions, such as hammertoes and bunions, is crucial to protecting your foot health. Regular stretches and exercises also contribute to your foot health. Learn how to protect your feet and relieve strain from your body by watching this video on feet exercises.

Exercises for your feet help keep your toes in shape. Daily toe exercises help your feet to cope with the daily strain of walking and engaging in strenuous activities. An exercise known as the Golf Ball Roll relieves pain to your arch area using a small round object near the ball of your foot. All of the exercises seen in this video can be performed in any location to keep your feet feeling comfortable all day.

Learn more about foot health by scheduling an appointment with Family Foot Center today. Call us at (718) 767-5555 to schedule your heel pain treatment with our expert podiatrists.

2017-06-07T23:34:40+00:00 August 24th, 2012|

Foot Health and Much More!

If you’ve found our recent posts about foot health useful, check out some of these links for more tips and ideas for caring for your feet. If you are in need of a podiatrist, Family Foot Center can help. We’ve been providing quality podiatric care to the New York City area for 23 years. Call us today at (718) 767-5555 to make an appointment.

  • Visit this page to learn how Pilates can be an effective way to stretch, exercise, and care for your feet.
  • Caring for feet with bunions can be difficult, but it’s important to exercise them. Try some of these exercises for feet with bunions.
  • If you’re not sure whether you need to see your podiatrist, take a look at these five reasons that indicate that you should.
  • HowStuffWorks.com gives you some more ideas for stretching and caring for your feet.
  • Patients with diabetes should not underestimate the role that having healthy feet can play in their overall health. Here’s an article from the Lower Extremity Review that explains the connection between healthy feet and diabetes.
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Bunion Removal: Patient Education

Bunions are bone growths on the outside of the big toe that are caused when the bone moves towards the second toe. If left untreated, bunions can cause a host of other foot problems, including hammertoes, calluses, and arch problems.

This video from Pre-Op.com gives you a detailed overview of the entire bunion surgical process, including before, during, and after surgery. Pain management options for post-surgical pain are also discussed. While bunion surgery is not always required, choosing to live with the discomfort can eventually affect your ability to walk.

If you have bunions or other foot problems, the Family Foot Center can help. We provide a wide variety of podiatric treatments, including bunions as well as sprained ankles, heel pain, ingrown toenails, and much more. Call us today at (718) 767-5555 to make an appointment.

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When Should You See a Podiatrist?

Many people think of going to see a podiatrist only when something is seriously wrong. However, you don’t have to wait until you have severe pain or other problems to see a podiatrist—and you shouldn’t. Here are some common foot ailments that can be helped by a visit to your podiatrist.

Calluses

Calluses are hard patches of skin that form on the feet, often in places of frequent use or friction against shoes, etc. They can be painful, unsightly, and cause other problems. A podiatrist can safely file down the skin and give you tips on taking care of your feet in the future. Other skin discolorations or abnormalities should also be examined by a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Toenail Trouble

Toenails are a common site for fungal and other infections. Having a podiatrist check out your toenails at the first sign of an issue could help prevent worse infections down the line. Signs of an infection typically include thickened, yellowed, or otherwise discolored toenails. Ingrown toenails also need to be inspected and treated by a podiatrist at the first sign.

Soreness, Swelling, or Pain

If you have a wound, swelling, or general soreness in your foot or ankle, you should have it checked out. This is especially true if you have been taking over the counter remedies that have not helped your pain. Pain and swelling can be due to a simple twisted or sprained ankle, but can also hint at a fracture or something even more serious.

Changes in Foot Shape

Flattened arches can indicate dysfunctional tendons, and can lead to arthritis. Muscle imbalances may cause other issues such as hammertoe. Bone malformations such as bunions and bone spurs can also cause serious problems. You should see a podiatrist right away if you notice any changes in your foot’s normal shape.

Family Foot Center in New York City has been providing quality podiatry care for 23 years. We offer treatments and surgeries in-office for bunions, bone spurs, sprained and twisted ankles, infections, ingrown toenails and more. For more information or to book an appointment, call us today at (718) 767-5555.

2017-06-29T13:14:30+00:00 August 1st, 2012|