Diabetic Foot Care Advice

The aim of this blog is to help members of the public to understand their feet better. However the information on this blog should never be regarded as medical advice. Readers with foot problems are strongly encouraged to visit their GP if not the podiatrist for further medical assessment and treatment.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Taming Foot Odor

Foot odor is caused by excessive perspiration. There are more than a quarter of a million sweat glands in the foot. There are things that can be done to help eliminate foot odor. Feet should be washed daily with antibacterial soap and water. Feet should be thoroughly dried after being washed.

Deodorizing foot powders may be applied to help control the foot odor. Antiperspirants that are used under the arms can also help cut down on the sweating that causes foot odor. Make sure to use antiperspirants, not deodorant. Soaking the feet in a mixture of water and vinegar or Epsom salts can help reduce foot odor. This soak can be done daily if necessary.

Clean socks should be worn every day. Socks that are made from natural materials such as cotton are less likely to cause foot odor, because the natural fiber allows air to reach the feet. Socks made of synthetic material can trap moisture and contribute to foot odor. If foot odor is a persistent problem, changing socks more frequently could be helpful.

Shoes should be allowed to air out thoroughly before wearing them again. Alternating shoes can be helpful. Shoes that are worn without socks may become contaminated by the foot odor. Athletic shoes should not be worn without socks. It may be helpful to sprinkle cornstarch into shoes to absorb some of the moisturizer.

Check feet for infected sores. People with diabetes may not feel the injury. Infected sores can cause odor and can become a serious health problem. People with diabetes should check their feet daily for sores and cuts.

Pungent foods and spices can cause more odor in perspiration. Garlic, onion, peppers, scallions, and curry should be avoided or used in moderation if foot odor is a troublesome problem. Stress can cause the body to perspire more than usual. Relaxation techniques can help reduce the effects of stress.


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