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Hi I would appreciate any help I can get, I have truly terrible feet odor. There is no need to take off my shoes to be able to smell it, you can be in a room not even close to me and detect a bad odor coming from my feet. I have tried everything I went to the dermatologist and she told me I did not had athletes foot maybe a small fungus infection but that was not causing the odor she said (and I know because before I had it it smelled as bad as it does now). She recommended me a spray (which was against Hyperhidrosis) it did help a bit but to be honest there is a lot of situations in which I cannot use it and well it didn't work as well to stay with it forever. It is an extreme case I have tried from home remedies to any kind of stuff I find on the forums on the internet and every cream on the market against fungus or athletes foot (just in case).


Would really appreciate any help since it is a real big problem in any situation on my daily life Thank you.

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Hi, Desperate. Sorry to hear about your problem. As far as I know, foot odor is not a symptom of or side effect of treatments for scleroderma, which is our primary focus in this forum. I was unable to find anything on the site.


It sounds like you have done some research on your own. What does not appear in your list is the question of shoes and socks. Some shoes tend to trap moisture and tight fitting socks or those made from synthetic fibres also prevent feet from drying naturally. Try cotton socks. Make sure to change them regularly. Have you tried charcoal insoles? They can absorb odors. Talcum powder or deodorizing foot powders sprinkled in the shoes may help. You can put some baking soda inside your shoes when you are not wearing them. Trade off shoes to give them some airing between wearings.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Desperate,


I understand how this can be a very bothersome problem.


Jefa gave great suggestions...all of which I've heard folks use!


A couple of other things..if you haven't already tried them:


1) Dry feet WELL after showers/baths.

2) Baking soda

3) If you shoes are of man-made materials...they don't allow feet to "breathe"

4) Wear ONLY shoes made of leather

5) If need be, change socks 3-4 times a day

6) If possible, take off your shoes and/or socks to allow feet a change to "breathe/dry"

7) Apply no soap to feet...only water


Let us know if any of this helps :D

Special Hugs,


Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Desperate,


As Jefa pointed out, stinky feet are, thankfully, one of the very few issues that cannot be attributed to scleroderma. However, it is certainly an important issue as it can very adversely affect one's social life.


What I would suggest is that you consult a podiatrist. They specialize in care of the feet and deal with this issue frequently. And keep on going back to the podiatrist, if necessary, until you have found a system that works for you for allaying the smell. Ask whether you can bring in all your shoes and socks to the appointment, so the doctor can advise you which ones "breathe" and which ones to discard, since often footwear is at the root cause of this problem (including nylons).


I wear only leather shoes, and only socks of entirely natural materials. All shoes should be aired out a day between wearing, or there will be an accumulation of sweat/smell. You've probably been through most of these ideas, though. So it is high time to see a podiatrist!

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


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