As the temperatures drop, winter calls for insulated boots. Insulated boots are great for keeping your feet warm and safe from frostbite, and our podiatrist advises you to always wear them during the winter. However, if your feet get too warm, they will sweat, and your boots may develop a bad smell. If you’ve been having issues with odorous winter boots, our Plano, TX, foot doctor wants to offer some tips below.
First, air your boots out. If they have inserts, or you wear orthotics, remove those as well. Let these dry out; you can stuff your boots with newspaper afterwards and leave them overnight to absorb any remaining moisture.
To begin, fill your sink with water and add one cup of vinegar (the vinegar helps remove odor). Soak your shoe inserts in the vinegar mixture, scrub them thoroughly, squeeze the water out, and lay them out to dry. Add a small bit of laundry detergent to the water and vinegar, take a sponge or cloth, and use this mixture to wipe down the outside of your boots. After cleaning, let the boots dry completely.
These steps should reduce the odor in your boots. To maintain this, use baking soda in your boots once a week – simply put baking soda into a sock, tie the end, and leave them in your boots overnight. This will absorb smells and prevent odor from returning.
If these methods don’t help, or you notice your feet becoming more smelly or sweaty, consider getting boots with less insulation. Check the weight of your insulation and try to better match it to the average temperatures in your area. Contact our podiatrist if you have further questions regarding appropriate footwear!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office near Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
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The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.