When the long northeastern winter is over and the humidity kicks in, it takes our bodies some time to transition from heat saving to heat releasing. This means the production of sweat. If you’re like me, this means lots and lots of sweat. I love holding my wife’s hand, but when we’re walking outside and it’s 90 degrees and humid, I don’t hold it against her if she drops my hand.
As a Podiatric surgeon, the two things I hear from almost every patient visit are:
1. Why feet? Feet are gross
2. I’m sorry my feet smell
All feet sweat, some more than others. You would be hard-pressed to find a person who worked a 9-hour shift or went out walking and didn’t notice a little something funky when they took off their shoes. Usually, it’s not too bad. Once you air your feet out, everything goes back to a level of normalcy. Although sometimes the funk becomes more pronounced and starts to become an issue. Feet live in your shoes, and with sweat, become a dark, damp, moist environment in which bacteria and fungus love to live off of. Without treatment, the fungus can make spores, which propagates the infection and can allow it to spread from the feet to other parts of the body, and other people.
Over the years, I’ve heard from many different patients, solutions for treating smelly feet. Everything from apple cider vinegar, to Vic's vapor rub, and even mayonnaise….the internet is a fickle beast sometimes. Evaluation by a Podiatrist is always the best solution to get control of temporary or long-term issues with your feet. We have many tricks in our bag, so give us a call or visit us on our site, lifootcare.com.