What’s That Smell?


We’re all human, and, as such, all of our feet will smell bad from time to time. But what do you do when your feet seem to always smell funny, even right after washing? Perpetually stinky feet can hurt your confidence and could be a sign of a more serious condition. If you’re struggling with smelly feet, the solution may be closer than you think.

Athlete’s Foot

            It seems like every time we turn on the TV, there’s a new commercial for a new athlete’s foot cream. With over 3 million people affected each year, it’s no wonder we see so many advertisements for a cure. Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that’s often accompanied by a funky smell. If your stinky feet are accompanied by chronic itchiness, talk to your foot doctor about a cure for athlete’s foot.

Fungal Toenails

            Fungal toenails are another infection that thrives in moist, damp places like shoes that don’t breathe well or sweaty gym socks. You can spot a fungal infection by a darkening in the color of your nail or a drastic change in its shape. If you don’t catch either of those, the nasty smell coming from the infected toenail should tip you off. But fear not, fungal toenails can be treated painlessly with a combination of topical and oral medications.

At-Home Care

            If you talk to your podiatrist and confirm that you don’t have one of the conditions listed above, you can still battle smelly feet by increasing your routine foot care efforts. Exfoliating your feet several times a week is not only relaxing, but it can also help remove odor-causing bacteria. Additionally, routinely changing the insoles in your sneakers will help reduce the odor.

            Remember! Smelly feet are nothing to be embarrassed about. If you’re having trouble getting your feet to smell sweet in Brooklyn, New York, come see our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Agirios Mantzoukas today. Make an appointment at Bay Podiatry Associates today either online or by calling (718) 266-1986.