Smelly Feet? Here’s What You Can Do!

Your feet are a very important part of you; after all, without them, you couldn’t walk around, run a race, or even stand up. And sometimes, your feet work so hard for you that sometimes they get sweaty and smelly, in warm weather and in cold. Read on for tips from Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists regarding how to avoid smelly feet.

What Can You Do About Smelly Feet?

In most cases, there’s no need to worry about smelly feet. But if the stink really bothers you or someone else notices it, you may need help. While you might not be able to stop the smell completely, if you reduce the sweat, you’ll reduce the odor.

Here are some tips for reducing sweat on your feet.

Keep them clean. Instead of just washing your feet in the shower, wash them daily by dipping them into a tub of water and scrubbing them. Be sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes to prevent athlete’s foot.

Wear the correct socks. Some wools, cotton, and special knits made specifically for athletes will allow your feet to breathe and absorb the sweat. Put on a fresh pair of socks every day, especially if they tend to get damp.

Avoid shoes that are too tight. Shoes that are too tight can cause your feet to sweat more than normal.

Change your shoes. Continually wearing the same shoes every day can make them smell more. Allow them to dry out for a few days before wearing them again.

Kill the germs. Consider using a disinfectant spray to kill bacteria inside your shoes and/or washing your feet with antibacterial soap. Putting your shoes outside in the sun also may help.

Wash insoles and/or shoes. Some shoes or insoles – particularly sneakers – are washable. Washing them is a great way to destroy odors and get cleaner-smelling shoes. Just be sure to dry them completely before you begin wearing them again.

Avoid shoes that are made of plastic. Some human-made materials and plastics don’t allow your feet to breathe properly.

Air them out. Let them breathe, particularly at night. But don’t go shoeless too often, especially when outdoors because certain bacteria will be attracted to your feet.

Don’t share towels or shoes with other people. Doing so can transfer smell-causing bacteria from other people’s feet to yours and nobody wants that!

If you’re still experiencing issues with sweaty, smelly feet and need relief, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule an appointment online so we can discuss your treatment options.

Athlete’s Foot: 12 Myths and Facts

Smothered inside socks and shoes all day, feet can become sweaty, stinky, and the perfect carriers for all sorts of germs that can cause a red, itchy condition called athlete’s foot. Today our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing what you need to know about this contagious condition.

Read on to learn more about these common myths

Myth 1: Only athletes can get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot earned its name because the fungus that causes it typically hangs out in places that athletes frequent, like locker rooms and showers, not because it’s limited to athletes.

Myth 2: Athlete’s foot is different from jock itch. While jock itch and athlete’s foot are caused by the same fungus, the conditions are named by the part of the body where they occur.

Myth 3: Athlete’s foot can be prevented by regularly showering. Showering alone won’t clear up the fungus that causes athlete’s foot but keeping them clean and dry can help prevent this fungus from coming back.

Myth 4: Only people with poor hygiene habits get athlete’s foot. You can wash your feet several times a day with soap and water and still get athlete’s foot. This is especially true if you don’t dry your feet fully after each washing.

Myth 5: You can only get athlete’s foot if you walk barefoot in areas where the fungus is living. You can get it if you share socks, shoes or towels with someone who has athlete’s foot.

Myth 6: With athlete’s foot, there’s always peeling between the toes. This condition can look different in each person. Some people experience cracking or peeling skin between their toes while others suffer from dryness or redness on the bottom of their feet.

Myth 7: Athlete’s foot only affects the feet. Athlete’s foot can extend to other places if you scratch the area and then touch other parts of your body or through contaminated sheets or clothing.

Myth 8: If you wear shoes and socks all day you can’t get athlete’s foot.  Wet socks and shoes are the perfect environments for this fungus. Your feet are safe, as long as you keep them dry.

Myth 9: Athlete’s foot will heal on its own. Without treatment, your feet we become even itchier and result in a more serious infection. Antifungal creams and pills are the best treatment options.

Myth 10: You can stop treatment as soon as your symptoms are gone. To stop athlete’s foot from returning, continue using the medicine for as long as recommended.

Myth 11: Once you treat athlete’s foot, it won’t return. Even after treatment, athlete’s foot can return if you neglect to take steps to prevent its return.

Myth 12: You can’t get athlete’s foot if you wear cotton socks. The opposite is true. Synthetic fiber socks are the best option due to their better absorption of moisture.

Wondering if your itchy feet are being caused by athlete’s foot? Don’t hesitate – call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today to schedule a consultation to determine if your condition is being caused by athlete’s foot and to discuss options for treatment.