Ask The Experts
Sometimes my feet smell bad. Why is that?
Perspiration sets the stage for foot odor, especially if feet sweat more than normal. Sweaty feet create an environment conducive to the growth of bacteria and fungi, which produce the odor. Feet can sweat even if you’re not engaged in vigorous physical activity and especially if you wear cotton or wool (natural fiber) socks, which retain moisture.
Foot infections can also cause unpleasant odors. It is important, especially for people with diabetes, to practice good foot hygiene by checking feet daily for signs of wounds, lesions or sores that might have become infected.
To help prevent smelly feet, change your socks at least every day, and more often if you are doing vigorous exercise or activities. Rotate shoes so you don’t wear the same pair every day. Use corn starch or talcum powder to reduce moisture and odor. Most importantly, wear padded socks made from man-made or man-made fiber blends that help “wick” (move) moisture away from the feet.