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Stinky Feet 101

Yikes! What stinks? 

Whether you’re simply lounging your legs on the couch or wriggling your toes on a moist sandy beach, it’s clear that feet have a reputation to reek. At Knoxville Footcare in Knoxville, TN, Drs. Kelly Bumpus and Danielle Malin treat all types of foot-related health conditions, including bromodosis, or stinky feet. Here’s everything you need to know about stinky feet. 

What Causes Stinky Feet?

Bromodosis is caused by a build-up of bacteria and sweat on your feet. It’s normal for your feet to sweat, especially when this area of the body contains more sweat glands than any other region. When we sweat, our body is cooled down and our skin is moistened. Bacteria that naturally occur on the feet help break down sweat. However, if there’s too much sweat build-up, the bacteria will release a foul odor, a smell we relate to as stinky feet. Bromodosis is also caused by fungal infections like athlete’s foot which starts between the toes. 

Ways Sweat Builds-up

-Not changing socks each day

-Not washing or drying feet

-Poor hygiene

-Wearing wet shoes

-Sweating and wearing socks or shoes before the sweat dries.

-Wearing tight-fitting socks or shoes


Stinky feet is not a major medical issue, in fact, it can easily be treated at home. Start by creating a foot hygiene routine, such as washing your feet with mild antibacterial soap and drying them after. Another step is to change socks each day and wear dry shoes. Keep your toenails trimmed and clean between the toes. If you’re experiencing something more serious, such as bromodosis from an infection, contact our Knoxville, TN office today to book an appointment.

Knoxville Footcare is located at 1932 Alcoa Highway Building C, Suite 480, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37920. Visit Drs. Kelly Bumpus and Danielle Malin at Knoxville Footcare or call 865-632-5700. 

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