Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) Questions Foot odor

Could foot odor be a sign of an infection?

My feet really smell and I can't seem to get rid of it. Could this be a sign of a foot infection? How do I fight it from the source?

11 Answers

It could be a hyperhidrosis condition, where your sweat pores release too much fluid, and bacteria break down the salts, releasing an odor. Have you tried applying a clear gel anti-perspirant to the bottom of your soles and using an anti-fungal spray in your shoes daily? This can also be a fungal infection. See your doc for treatment options.
Foot odor is usually due to too much moisture on the feet. If you sweat a lot, this can contribute to the odor. I recommend you be evaluated by a podiatrist so the correct diagnosis can made and a treatment plan initiated
Yes, usually odor is due to fungal or bacterial contamination on the skin. Everyone has a certain "flora" of bacteria, some cause more odor than others. May be due to a condition called hyperhydrosis
Most of the time the odor comes from excessive sweating of the feet. See a Podiatrist and they can give you a prescription for formalin in rose water. Works great for the sweating and odor
Foot older if there is drainage could be the site of infection. If it is just from sweaty feet you can use a over-the-counter antiperspirant on the bottom of your feet each evening before bedtime
The foot odor could be caused by a fungal infection of the skin on the bottom of your feet. You will want to keep your feet as dry as possible and to use an over-the-counter antifungal medication on a daily basis.
Foot odor can be a bacterial infection, a fungal infection, or could be from the proliferation of bacteria and fungus inside your shoes. It usually comes hand-in-hand with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). You can try over the counter high strength antiperspirant like 'Certain Dry,' and you can spray your shoes with Lysol once a week to kill microorganisms living in your shoes. You can also change your socks twice a day. But if it continues, see a specialist
Usually an infection cannot occur unless there is a break in the skin. Diabetic ulcers are almost universally infected as are ulcers caused by poor circulation.

Foot odor can occur without an infection and is usually called Bromhydrosis. This can be treated with a medication. In any case you should be seeing someone who is well-versed in foot path allergy.
Foot smell may be secondary to a fungal infection (Athlete’s foot). The best place to start would be by using a topical antifungal cream twice/day x 6 weeks. I would also apply antifungal powder to your shoes daily and make sure to swap shoes every other day.
Place 1/3 cup of Baking Soda + 1/2 gallon of warm water in a pan, then soak your feet for approximately 8-10 minutes, Pat Dry. Next, apply daily either "Certain Dri Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant Roll-On, the strongest anti-perspirant you can get without a prescription" or Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant of your choice to your feet daily. Allow the solution to air dry before putting on your socks and shoes. Once you notice the odor and/or sweating has resolveof the feet then, you can apply the clinical strength anti-perspirant every other day, or twice weekly to help keep this issue under control.
Yes, foot odor is often caused by infection. This should be evaluated by a podiatrist.