Get Rid of the Cause of Foot Odor

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Fall is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature with your children, and the National Wildlife Federation has just the event for you and your family! Call out their adventurous spirits with the “Hide and Seek” nature hike and scavenger hunt on November 9 at Cullinan Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, TX. You can walk the 1 – 2 mile trail at your own pace. Stop to see wildlife and participate in nature crafts at the “Stop and Study” stations along the way. At the end, your family will have enjoyed a great morning of exercise, and children will have earned an Honorary Junior Naturalist badge from Ranger Rick.

After hiking for a couple of miles, sweaty socks and shoes may have your family wanting to hide from your foot odor problem! The cause of foot odor is actually bacteria, not just sweat. You have around 250,000 sweat glands in your feet, and they can produce as much as a pint of sweat a day, but perspiration alone is odorless. It is when it mixes with bacteria that things begin to smell.

You can try to hide the odor with perfumed powder or spray, but it’s better to get to the root of your smelly feet. Wash them daily with soap and water and dry them well. Wear shoes and socks that let your feet breathe, and alternatefootwear so that they have time to dry out. Baking soda in your shoes and as a soak may also help. If these home remedies don’t work, contact Dr. Robert Parker at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston at (281) 497-2850. He can suggest further treatment to get your feet smelling squeaky clean again!

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