Smelly feet

Name: 
Penelope
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Dear Dr I am 71 years old and have had sweaty and smelly feet for decades. Is this problem similar to smelly armpits? Is there anything I can do about this? I do wish you could help me!

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Hi Penelope, thanks for your question. The feet have a different kind of microbiome and it also has a thick skin with deeper sweat pores and deeper areas where the bacteria can live. We've done transplants on feet with limited success. Instead we focused more on armpits where we had much better results, and is more easy to treat. On feet, there is also a big impact of the shoes you wear and the socks you use. Leather shoes are usually better than the synthetic sports shoes. Just don't try the antibacterial foot powder, because we have seen adverse effects of this on feet. This could make it worse. Best, Chris