Feet normally smell for two reasons: 1) shoe wear, and 2) sweating of the feet. Smelly feet are not only embarrassing, but can be physically uncomfortable as well. Here are some preventative measures for reducing foot odor:
• Always wear socks if you’re wearing closed shoes to help draw moisture away from the feet. Cotton and other absorbent materials are best. Avoid wearing nylon socks or plastic shoes. Instead, wear shoes made of leather, canvas, mesh, or other materials that let your feet breathe.
• Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. If you frequently wear athletic shoes, alternate pairs so that the shoes can dry out. Give your shoes at least 24 hours to air out between wearings; if the odor doesn’t go away, discard the shoes. You can also consider changing socks and shoes at least once a day.
• Dust your feet frequently with a nonmedicated baby powder, baking soda, or foot powder. Applying antibacterial ointment also may help.
Source: American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management