MD Podiatrist Discusses Why Feet Can Smell Like Vinegar

Sour-smelling feet are a funky problem with several effective DIY solutions. “Feet smell like vinegar when they sweat too much, and the moisture interacts with bacteria on your skin,” explains podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM. “The bacteria actually eat your sweat, and this creates an acidic byproduct that smells like vinegar.”

For most people, the right foot self-care methods should do the trick. But if you’re not happy with your results, Dr. Michaels says it might be time to visit a podiatrist. “Podiatrists can recommend prescription products that reduce the sweat and bacteria. They can also determine if the vinegar foot odor is the result of something else, so you can address it with the right treatment.”