Smelly feet and toes are caused by a number of things, including toenail fungus. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments. When your toes are sweaty and frequently locked in shoes without air circulation, you provide the perfect atmosphere for the pathogens. They multiply and damage your nails, causing them to become thickened, brittle, crumbly, dull, and discolored. The fungal growth can also cause that slight foul odor.
The sweatiness that makes your feet so ideal for fungus can contribute to an unpleasant foot odor as well. Sweat mixes with the natural colonies of bacteria on your skin. These microorganisms break down the sweat and release a smelly gas. Whether the odor is from the sweat or the fungus, the outcome is the same: smelly feet. Let Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic help you eliminate fungal foot problems and has remedies for foot odor, too. Call our Pleasanton, Texas, office at (830) 569-3338 or use our web request form to make an appointment with us.