You get home after a long day at work and all you want to do is loaf on the couch with your feet up. Your biggest concern… the dreaded foot odour that awaits once you’ve removed your shoes.
With over 250,000 sweat glands located in your feet alone, it makes sense that your feet get sweaty. The sweat, mixed with your body’s bacteria, causes the nasty foot smell. There may however be another medical reason as to why you have excessive foot perspiration. Thyroid disorder as well as anemia could be contributing factors in which case general hygiene may not be enough to curb the odour.
It can be embarrassing and just plain irritating, but not to worry, here’s some tips on reducing that smelly foot odour:
- Wash those feet DAILY! Use soap and water and make sure that your feet are properly dry before putting shoes on. You can also soak your feet in an anti-bacterial wash if it’s that bad.
- Use a foot powder for extra protection on your feet and between your toes. You can also use an antiperspirant spray that contains 15-20% aluminum chloride.
- Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes twice in a row. When your shoes are saturated with sweat, they can take over a day to completely dry out. It is also advisable to rather choose shoes made of breathable fabrics such as leather.
- Wear socks that are also breathable and change them regularly (even a few times a day if needed). Make sure you are putting on clean, dry socks after you’ve showered.
Get those feet smelling fresh for summer! For more info on this topic, go to https://www.livestrong.com/article/302618-how-to-get-rid-of-sweaty-smelly-feet/.