Sweaty & Smelly Feet

Sweaty, Stinky Feet And Sports Just Seem To Go Together

After all, athletes spend a lot of time working up a sweat in their sneakers and cleats. But you don’t need to just accept this as the price you must pay for athletic glory, because it can be treated.

Our skin is designed to cool the body by sweating, which is just water evaporating and taking some of the heat with it. When our feet sweat, bacteria and fungi will throw a party in your shoes.

They just love that cozy, warm, moist and dark environment.

At-Home Treatment For Smelly Feet

The key to treatment is keeping feet dry and eliminating any bacteria or fungi that are causing the problems.  In most cases, this is something you can do at home. We recommend trying the following self-treatment steps for a month:

  • Wash your feet every morning and after athletic activities with a deodorizing, antifungal soap. Dry them thoroughly and apply a foot antiperspirant (Gordon’s No. 5 and Formadon) and deodorant. (Just rinsing them off isn’t good enough!)
  • Apply foot powder to your feet and in between the toes before putting socks and shoes on.
  • Avoid wearing cotton socks, which will just hold the excessive sweat against your skin. We suggest bamboo and copper thread socks that wick away moisture.
  • Give your shoes time to dry out by alternating your shoes each day.  Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row if you perspire a lot.
  • Sanitize shoes that you wear frequently with a Pedifix ShoeZap. It kills bacteria that causes smells and fungus with a UV light , or use Clarus ShoeShield.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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Katy Perkins


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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.