Going sans socks is a common culprit for foot odor, but stench can also occur with them. That’s because it’s not entirely about what’s on but what’s coming out of your feet (apologies for the visual). “Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is the number one cause of smelly feet,” says Sophia Soloman, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist at Manhattan Foot Specialists in New York City. When feet sweat, they essentially create a tropical rainforest inside your shoes (especially between the dark, moist crevices of your toes), or the type of environment odor-causing bacteria and fungus thrive in.
|Drs. Sophia Soloman and Suzanne Fuchs
Not plagued with sweaty feet? According to Suzanne C. Fuchs, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, stinky feet “can be worsened by the type of shoes you wear, poor hygiene, or other foot issues such as fungal infections.” The upside to all of this is there are ways to make your soles smell better.
Source: Jessie Quinn, Brit.com [12/12/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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