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.
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.
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.