When you want to prevent foot odor, your first line of defense is daily hygienic practices. Wash your feet daily with soap and water. After bathing or showering, be sure to dry your feet completely before putting on socks or shoes. Bacteria that can lead to funky odors thrive in damp environments, so keeping your feet dry is a major step in avoiding smelly feet. Wearing socks that wick away moisture and footwear made from breathable materials will also help.
If you are finding that daily cleanings and focused effort on dry feet are not enough, you may need to soak your feet in saltwater, vinegar, or tea to help reduce the amount of bacteria residing on your lower limbs.
These tips should help you avoid foul foot odor, but there are times when professional care is needed. If this is the case, find the treatment you need here at our Nassau County, NY foot doctor office. Foot Specialists of Long Island is committed to your foot and ankle health, including how your lower limbs smell. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with us, either use our online form or simply give us a call at (516) 804-9038.