Cause of smelly feet
Smelly feet are caused by excess bacteria on the feet associated with excess perspiration or sweat. People naturally have bacteria that live on the feet but too much bacteria can cause skin and oil break down. When the bacteria rids themselves of these wastes, they produce gases which results in an unpleasant foot odour.
Bacteria thrive in dark, moist warm environments therefore feet that perspire excessively and feet that are trapped in closed environments for long periods are more prone to foot odour.
Smelly feet diagnosis
Smelly feet are usually self diagnosed and noticed by the patient when they remove their socks and shoes. Our Melbourne podiatrists, who are experts in identifying skin conditions of the foot, can also diagnose this condition clinically.
Podiatry treatment for smelly feet
Treatment for smelly feet or foot odour at our Melbourne clinic focuses on eliminating the causative factors. This generally involves preventing perspiration and bacteria build up on the feet. Our podiatrists can assess your smelly or perspiring feet and advise you on the best treatments and products to help combat foot odour.