Summertime means fun in the sun, and all that sun tends to make people sweat. If your feet are trapped in a pair of shoes all day, they’re bound to feel – and smell – less than pleasant by the end of the day.
When attending an important personal or professional event, you don’t want to worry about your feet. Take these tips into consideration before your next outing.
Let Your Feet Breathe
Wearing plastic, non-breathable, or too-tight shoes and socks won’t allow your feet to cool, resulting in more sweat and odor. Whenever possible, choose moisture-wicking socks and canvas or leather shoes. Many outdoors and sports stores sell footwear made of wicking, and natural materials. These are better than cotton for keeping your feet dry.
Switch Up Your Shoes
Even if you have a favorite pair of shoes, you should alternate the days you wear them. Shoes may need up to 24 hours to completely dry out, and putting your feet into damp shoes invites more sweating and odor. Plan ahead for important events by setting your favorite pair aside a few days before the big day so they’ll be clean and fresh.
Dressing Up and Dry Feet
Women may wish to try no-show socks for dress shoes to help absorb wetness and odor. Many of these can be worn with dress shoes comfortably without anyone knowing. Going to a wedding? Consider wearing a dressy pair for the ceremony, and bringing a more comfortable (and dry!) pair to change into at the reception.
Keep Shoes Clean
If foot sweat is a problem or you want to freshen up your shoes, plain rubbing alcohol is safe for the insides of most footwear. This will kill bacteria and may decrease your risk of foot odor and fungal infections.
A Secret Weapon for Foot Odor and Sweat
Underarm antiperspirant and deodorant can be used on your feet too! It can help reduce sweating and keep them smelling great. Just lightly apply to the soles of your feet and a little on top if needed. Don’t get heavy-handed or you could end up with white streaks.
Ask Your Podiatrist About Solutions
If these tips aren’t working for you or you’re concerned about excessive foot sweating, your podiatrist can help! Excessive foot sweating may be a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Your podiatrist can talk with you about your symptoms and recommend a variety of treatments that may help.
Do you have a question about your summer foot health? Dr. Jeffery LaMour wants to help. Contact his caring, professional team today to schedule your appointment!