Smelly Feet Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Do your smelly feet deter you from taking your shoes off at other people's homes? Is your significant other or family bothered by your smelly feet? Do you have a loved one who is suffering from foot odor? Understanding the causes of smelly feet will help pinpoint what you can do to prevent or treat it.

What Are the Causes of Stinky Feet?

The problem isn't your feet – it’s what your feet are wearing. Smelly feet is primarily caused from of a lack of ventilation for your feet. Each foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands, producing more than a pint of sweat in one day. That's a lot of moisture to keep pressed against your feet! People get smelly feet when the perspiration has no where to evaporate – but it is not the sweat that causes the foot odor. Bacteria that lives on the skin eats the feet’s sweat, producing isovaleric acid, causing the odor. Athlete's Foot, which is a skin infection caused by a fungus, can also cause smelly feet. Other factors that can cause smelly feet include certain medications, some diseases, poor hygiene, harsh environments, wearing poor-quality shoes and over-wearing shoes.

How To Prevent Smelly Feet

You can prevent smelly feet by reducing the amount of sweat captured in your shoes. Wear well-made shoes with breathable features, such as leather uppers or athletic shoes with mesh uppers. The socks you wear are also important – wear socks made with copper, wool, cool max or other moisture-wicking fibers to ensure ventilation. Some arch support insoles maybe have anti-bacterial or other odor-eating top covers that can help prevent smelly feet. Wash your body every day, and if you have a history of foot odor, clean your feet with an anti-bacterial soap. Wear shoes for the occasion and place. Excessive amounts of sweat will increase your chances for getting smelly feet, so do not wear thick socks, boots and pants if you know it will be hot outside. Do not wear the same shoes every day. Buy a variety of high-quality shoes so you can give each pair of shoes about 24 hours before you wear them again. Don't be embarrassed by your feet – be sure to keep your feet dry, clean and cool to prevent smelly feet.

Treatment for Stinky Feet

You can find stinky feet treatment products on our Smelly Feet and Foot Odor Remedies page. We highly suggest you wear moisture wicking socks to get rid smelly feet, as well as shoes made of high-quality, breathable materials, such as leather or mesh. Shop our healthy socks made of CoolMax, wool anti-bacterial and copper materials that will reduce foot odor. There are many different remedies for treating stinky feet, and if none of the following work for you, you should consult a doctor. Wash your feet with antifungal foot soap and wash your body every day to reduce bacteria and odor. You can also use antibacterial foot powder on your feet, Athlete's Foot cream or spray antifungal shoe spray inside your shoes. An easy and clean way to keep your shoes dry and odor-free is to put shoe inserts inside your shoes after you wear them. Some insoles have anti-odor or anti-microbial top covers, and those can help eliminate smelly feet. A great treatment for stinky feet that many people turn to are perspiration absorbent footbed liners – we sell Summer Soles shoe liners for men and women.