Your feet go through a lot, and, as a result, can become a little smelly from time to time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. However, if persistently smelly feet are making you feel self-conscious, it could be indicative of other foot conditions. In this blog, we’ll talk about some of the causes of foot odor and how you can keep your feet smelling sweet.
Sweat and odor often time go hand-in-hand. If you’re battling foot odor, taking on any excessive moisture could be a good way to start finding relief. It’s hot in Houston, Texas this time of year, so a certain amount of sweat is to be expected. However, you can dry up excess sweat by:
Wearing breathable shoes and lightweight socks
Drinking lots of water
Changing socks frequently, especially after athletic activity
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can be picked up from public locker rooms or shared footwear. It’s usually identifiable as a scaly rash that starts growing between the toes. However, it can also be accompanied by a distinct, unpleasant odor. You can avoid athlete’s foot by:
Never sharing shoes or other footwear
Wearing shower shoes or flip-flops in public locker rooms
Avoiding wearing the same pair of shoes for several days in a row
Fungal toenails are also an infection that is caused by the same species of fungus as athlete’s foot. You can spot a fungal toenail by its yellowish color and flaky appearance. Unfortunately, you may smell a fungal toenail before you see it. The good news is that you can treat fungal toenails, and the smell that comes with them, with laser therapy, a painless and fast method of removing fungus and restoring a healthy look and smell to your toenails.
So, if smelly feet have you down, don’t get discouraged. Our board-certified doctors are ready to help you find the cause of your foot odor and treat it quickly. The Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are proud to offer convenient locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call today at (281) 444-4114.