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Take a Stand Against Smelly Shoes!

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Smellly Shoes in the WinterThe transition into a new year is a great time to make some changes. Do you have some new things you are hoping to try or changes you would like to make? Maybe a cooking class or a new sport or hobby is on the horizon. Perhaps taking charge of some long overdue things in store for you – like finally getting rid of your smelly shoe problem once and for all.

Shoe odor can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem, but you are not alone. This is a very common foot problem. Your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands that produce a pint of moisture every day! It is a problem that can be solved, though, and we have some easy prevention tips to share that will help you stay on top of it. The first step is to deal with the insoles inside your shoes. If they are damp, remove them to dry out. It is a good idea to buy some odor-controlling insoles that can kill bacteria that grows in shoes. Linings containing silver are especially helpful in preventing the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Second, an important part of the defensive plan is to keep your feet clean and dry. Wash feet every day, and wear clean, moisture-wicking socks. Alternate the shoes you wear to give them a chance to dry out, and if needed use a disinfecting spray or sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes. Try pouring baking soda in your shoes and leaving them in the freezer overnight – that can also help kill odor. A stubborn odor problem may be due to excessive sweating, a problem called hyperhidrosis. This may need a different type of treatment plan.

If these efforts fail to help, please contact Dallas Podiatry Works for further treatment options. This is not a problem that you need to suffer with alone. Call our podiatric office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323. 

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Labels: Foot Odor Shoes
Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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