Charles Darwin is famous for penning one of the most influential scientific books ever written. “The Origin of Species” set forth his theory of evolution based on natural selection. But did you know Darwin struggled with another problem? That’s right – smelly feet! In a letter written to a friend when he was only 12 yrs old, Darwin confesses, “I only wash my feet once a month at school, which I confess is nasty, but I cannot help it, for we have nothing to do it with.” Even geniuses struggle with foot odor.


Foot odor is usually caused by excessive perspiration and the growth of bacteria on the feet. Each foot has about 250,000 sweat glands. When this is combined with bacteria, foot odor can become a problem. The gasses rebased by bacteria growing on the soles of feet are similar to those related to bacteria used in making cheese.


It can be an embarrassing problem but luckily fungal foot infections can be prevented by following a few easy tips:

  •  Keep your feet dry.
  • Wash and clean your feet daily.
  • Never go barefoot at the pool or in locker rooms.
  • Change your socks daily.
  • Use foot powder to absorb excessive sweat.


If you’ve tried all the above and still suffer from foot odor it might be time to contact an experienced specialist. It’s especially important if you’re experiencing any itching or change in your skin conditions.

Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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