Most foot odor has a simple recipe: sweat and bacteria. Our feet and shoes just happen to provide superb conditions for both of these ingredients.
Feet produce more sweat than any other part of the body. The sweat they produce, though, doesn’t have much odor in itself. When bacteria feed off this sweat, it produces the chemicals we attribute to smelly feet. Different bacteria will produce different byproducts and create different aromas.
Bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments. When we put our feet in shoes and socks, we’re helping to maintain those conditions. If our shoes remain damp, either through excessive sweating or not providing time for them to dry, the bacteria will thrive and the smelly cycle will live on.
If your feet excessively sweat or the ways you’ve tried to reduce your odor don’t help, Dr. Evan Merrill and the staff at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. can help. Arrange an appointment by calling (541) 776-3338