Did you know there are more sweat glands in your feet than any other place on your body? Needless to say, your feet are prone to profuse sweating. When your feet are trapped in shoes all day, the sweat is unable to evaporate. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can generate an unpleasant odor. There are several other things that can contribute to foot odor including medications, skin conditions, hormones and anxiety.Keep in mind that a moist environment can also make it easy for fungus to grow, which can lead to Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to prevent foot odor. Below are some tips that can help prevent foot odor:
Keep Your Feet Clean
You should wash your feet at least daily with antibacterial soap. Washing your feet with antibacterial soap helps remove the sweat and bacteria that contributes to foot odor.
Keep Your Feet Dry
After you wash your feet, you should dry them off thoroughly. Don't forget in between the toes! A moist environment facilitates the growth of bacteria and fungus.
Wear Open-Toed Shoes immediately after bathing.
This only applies to those who DON'T have diabetes or poor circulation. Opened-toed shoes, such as sandals, allow the moisture from bathing to evaporate. They also help slow down the growth of bacteria.
Wear Cotton Socks
Cotton socks help to absorb perspiration. Synthetic fibers can harbor bacteria, fungus and yeast. They also can encourage perspiration, and then allow the moisture to sit against the skin.
Apply Foot Powder Or Spray To Your Feet
A foot powder or spray will help absorb moisture and prevent odor-causing bacteria from multiplying. Find a product with an antiperspirant for an extra drying effect.
You should avoid wearing the same shoes for several days in a row.
Keep Your Shoes Clean
You can disinfect and clean your shoes on a regular basis. Some shoe insoles
have an antifungal agent built in, which supresses its growth. Only use cleaning products specifically designed for this purpose. Additionally, shoes that have a very foul odor will need to be discarded. As always, always consult your physician regarding your health. If your foot odor persists, be sure to seek professional help.
Dr. Thomas Lembo
Hello! I'm the creator of "Samurai Insoles", and work to rid the world of foot pain everyday.