Do you suffer from smelly and sweaty feet? Many people do and it is not really surprising because our feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body. All that sweat needs somewhere to go and of course the best place would be out into the fresh air from bare feet. But most of the time our hard working feet spend too much time encased in socks and shoes.
Medically known as bromodosis, stinky feet is a common problem
It can cause embarrassment all year round regardless of the temperature and some of the causes include:
- Being a teenager or pregnant because their hormones are often up and down making them sweat more.
- Being under mental or emotional stress.
- Having to stand up all day at work.
- Having a medical condition called hyperhydrosis which causes perspiration far greater than the physiological needs of the body.
- Suffering from athletes foot.
- The side effects from certain prescribed medications.
- Poor hygiene.
- Wearing the same shoes constantly.
Our feet can become stinky if they sweat a lot and this sweat soaks into the shoes without drying properly before the shoes are worn again. Bacteria on the skin breaks down sweat as it comes from the pores and this bacteria can continue to breed in the shoes even after you have taken them off and especially if you put them still damp into a dark cupboard. Put them back on again in the morning and you have the perfect recipe for stinky feet – a warm, dark and moist home for the bacteria to thrive. Bacteria produced naturally by the body actually feed from the sweat produced by the feet, giving off a substance known as isovaleric acid. This is what causes the odor that emanates from your feet.
So what can you do about smelly feet?
1. If you suffer from athletes foot, treat the symptoms of this fungal condition as a matter of urgency with H-Athletes Foot from Healing Natural Oils.
2. Never wear the same shoes two days running. Be aware that trainers, boots and other constrictive footwear are particularly susceptible to this problem. So avoid any tight fitting footwear, allowing the feet to breathe.
3. Wash your feet at least once every day, making sure to thoroughly dry them every time. Some people find good results by using Hibiscrub soap (leave on skin for two minutes each time) helping to destroy the bacteria that causes the smell.
4. Use cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit and apply to the area between the toes really well to act as an antiseptic, astringent and dehydrating solution all-in-one. Another home remedy is to use vinegar instead.
5. Use a deodorant or antiperspirant on the feet which can be the same one as you use underarm.
6. Put on clean socks (preferably light colored) at least once a day. These socks should be made of natural fibres such as cotton or bamboo to allow the feet to breathe better and can even help to absorb excess sweat.
7. Use medicated insoles or the new cedar insoles in your shoes to absorb moisture and reduce foot odour. Cedarsoles are made from natural anti fungal cedarwood and give your feet a very long-lasting menthol-like aroma. Cedarwood is also very useful to prevent fungus
or similar disorders.
8. Only wear leather or canvas shoes to let your feet breathe. Go barefoot as much as possible or wear open toe sandals when the weather allows.
It is always best to go down the natural route if you possibly can and in most cases, these simple self help measures will get rid of your smelly feet.
As a last resort, see a doctor as there are a number of prescription medications that can treat serious foot odor, some by killing bacteria and some by reducing foot sweat.