Smelly shoes start with your feet!
The odor in feet is caused by the sweat and moisture fermenting - it’s actually a byproduct and can be any combination of bacteria, fungus, mold, or yeast.
These odor causing germs thrive in dark, damp spaces, which make your shoes an ideal environment. Feet that are not well ventilated can deposit moisture, sweat, and odor into the shoes, which will become absorbed into the materials of the shoe, from prolonged contact with the feet.
This explains why the colder months - when your feet are usually shoved into thick socks and non-ventilated shoes, or boots - can make the situation particularly smelly.
The expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Coram, Plainview, & Maspeth recommend sprinkling your feet with powder or anti-perspirant to keep them dry, and wearing socks that are designed to help absorb and wick moisture and sweat from your feet. Other helpful tips include soaking your feet in a dilute white vinegar solution, or dilute Burow's solution and using a blow dryer on the cool cycle to dry your feet after a bath or shower. Sometimes, stronger prescription strength medication might also be an option.
When you don’t wear socks, there isn’t any barrier and the material in your shoes ends up absorbing the sweat, which in turn grows odor causing bacteria.
Clean Sweep, a spray product that is available at our Advanced Podiatry offices is very effective in eliminating the odor causing germs when sprayed into your shoes.
So - if you suffer from sweaty, or smelly feet and shoes, Please call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices in Manhasset, Huntington, Coram, Plainview, & Maspeth; and one of our award winning, expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and discuss treatment options with you.