Do you get shy taking off your shoes because of smelly feet? Here are some things you can try to stop your feet from smelling and regain your feet confidence again.
What causes smelly feet?
The medical term for smelly feet is bromodosis, it is caused by buildup of sweat, which results to bacteria and fungi growth on the skin which can bad odors. Common bacteria responsible for smelly feet include Brevibacteria, Propionibacteria and Staphylococcus Epidermidis.
Bad personal hygiene, foot injury or infection, the type of shoe and socks you wear can also cause your feet to smell. It is important for you to know the main cause of your smelly feet to know how to start treating it.
5 ways to treat smelly feet yourself
- Take care of your feet
Remember to wash your feet when taking a shower, do not forget the folds between your toes. Use any antibacterial soap for this to reduce growth of bacteria. Trim your toenails and make sure your remove dirt stuck by the side of your nails.
- Socks and shoes
Nylon socks can cause sweating and does not absorb sweat, increasing the tendency for microbes to grow. Cotton socks is the best to wear if you have sweaty feet.
Shoes that have some breathability can help to reduce the incidence of sweating and moisture. People can look for shoes that have mesh panels, which allow for breathability.
Shoes made from plastic (such as “jellies”) are almost guaranteed to contribute to smelly feet because they are not breathable and promote foot sweating.
Make sure you get more than 1 pair of everyday/work shoes, this will allow shoes time to fully dry out between wears can help to cut down on particularly smelly feet.
A person may also wish to keep an extra pair of socks on hand to change into during the day. This can help to cut down on sweating and smell.
- Replace the insoles of your shoe
Insoles are those removable inserts you step on inside your shoe. You can get odor-reducing or antibacterial insoles. Another option is to purchase an anti-bacterial or disinfecting spray to use on the insoles. However, this option is not usually as effective as allowing the insoles of the shoes to dry out fully.
- Soak your feet
For a salt soak, dissolve half a cup of Epsom salt in a tub or large bowl of warm water and soak for about 10 to 20 minutes. Epsom salt pulls moisture out of your skin, which in turn makes a less-inviting place for bacteria to survive.
For a vinegar soak, combine two parts water with one part vinegar in a tub or large bowl of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes once a week. You can use either white or apple cider vinegar. Vinegar makes your skin inhospitable to bacteria.
One note of caution: do not use this soak if your feet have open sores, scratches or cuts or if the soak irritates your skin.
- Use a foot powder or antiperspirant
If you notice that your feet sweat, you could try an over-the-counter foot powder or foot spray, even your regular antiperspirant spray can suffice. Or go the home-remedy route and sprinkle a little corn starch into your shoe to keep your feet dry.
The key to treating smelly feet is making foot care a regular part of your hygienic routine, don’t expect the condition to get fixed in just one day.
In a case where these home remedies do not work for you, your doctor can prescribe stronger treatments depending on the cause. For example if caused by an infection you can be given antibiotics or anti-fungi. If you are sweating excessively, you can be given an injection that will help reduce production of sweat.
You can send in any questions if you are having problems overcoming this condition. Pray that your feet takes you to great places.
Love and Light.