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Sweaty Feet and Odor


My 16 year son is very active in sports – ice hockey and tennis, and he recently developed white soft tissue under the balls of his feet and under his toes. We tried treating it with Tenactin but the problem seems to come back after he is involved in sports. His feet developed a bad ordor and is red and tender when he is not playing sports. Can you please help.


  1. Like many teenager boys, he probably has excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. The odor is due to bacteria on the skin breaking down the fatty acids in the sweat which cause the odor. Depending on the severity, differing strengths of anti-perspirants are used. A good over the counter product is Certain-Dri used once daily. I also recommend socks made with Cool Max rather than just cotton. The shoes should be sprayed with a disinfectant and preferably rotated in use on an every other day basis. No shoe should be made out of all man made material. Anti fungals such as Tinactin woould be of little help for this problem.If you continue to have problems, see a podiatrist.