Causes and Treatment for Smelly Feet

It’s bone chillingly cold out here in NYC, we are recovering from yet another snowstorm, and in this endless nuclear winter it’s hard to think about anything but keeping warm.  Eventually, though it will warm up (right?) and warmer weather leads to sweaty feet, which brings with it stinky foot odor.  Yes, it’s not so sexy, and maybe this isn’t exactly where I am optimally applying my Ivy League education, but for the love of everything good and noble, we live in a developed society, and I would like to think we deserve fragrant feet.  So what makes feet smell and how to we combat this scourge of society?  Read on.


As was just intimated, smelly feet and foot odor is an effect of foot sweat.  Bacteria that live on the skin and shoes thrive in sweaty environments and produce an acid by-product that is the source of the stink (must be tough for the germs to get a date - maybe that’s why they use asexual reproduction).  By reducing or eliminating the sweat, we can thereby reduce the stink.  Of course, there are other factors at work, such as activity, type of shoes, amount of sweat, and our own personal body chemistry.  Here are a few ways to decrease sweating, and beat the odor.


So if you are embarrassed to take your shoes off in public, if your spouse stores your shoes on the fire escape, or if you refuse to go bowling, fear not, help is available.  Call our office today at 212-420-6002 or make an appointment online. The weather, however, is beyond my control…

See you in the office.

Ernest Isaacson

Ernest Isaacson Dr. Ernest Isaacson is a graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. After completing two years of comprehensive training in various medical specialties including internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery and podiatric medicine, Dr. Isaacson completed a comprehensive one-year podiatric surgical residency. Dr. Isaacson is active in research and publication in basic and clinical science. Dr. Isaacson is also a dedicated family man who enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family.

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