MD Podiatrist Discuss Bromhidrosis

Feet are designed to stink. They have more sweat glands than your armpits do. “Your feet are doomed to smell because apocrine glands, like the ones in your underarms, produce perspiration on the soles of your feet,” Dan Michaels, DPM says. With your feet being essentially a sweat generator, they also attract bacteria, and when bacteria gobble up the sweat, a repugnant stench is born.
During warmer months, you can trade your sneakers and flats to open-toed sandals to give your feet some room to breathe. That way, they won’t have to be forced to stay in a cramped space where bacteria are sure to thrive. But if you insist on wearing closed shoes, see to it that the shoes are really clean by disinfecting them with a sanitizing solution. “Take the insole out of the shoe, lightly spray the insole, and let it dry for 24 hours,” suggested Dr. Michaels. “Then when you put the insole back in the shoe, you’ve treated the shoe.”