The skin on our feet has sweat glands, just like the rest of our skin does. Therefore, after being stuck in your shoes during a long day’s work, our feet sweat. The damp environment that sweat creates is where bacteria thrives and grows, and bacteria is what emits the dreaded foul odor. Here is the best way to get rid of smelly feet for good!
Proper Care and Hygiene
In order to reduce and prevent bacterial growth, the cause of odor, wash your feet daily or whenever you take a shower. Use warm water and soap, and scrub hard enough to remove dead skin and to effectively clean all areas of the foot. Don’t forget to wash between your toes as well! After washing your feet, make sure they are completely dried. Leaving your feet damp after a shower only increases the chance for more bacteria to grow. An extra precaution after the shower is to use an antiperspirant on your feet to further reduce sweat.
Shoe and Socks
Wearing the correct shoes and socks will help get rid of smelly feet. First and foremost, wearing socks while having closed-toed shoes on will prevent sweat as well as help absorb it. Though, your socks should still allow your feet to breathe and still allow space inside the shoe. Take your socks off while at home to give your feet time to breathe, as well as making sure to wash your socks regularly.
Your shoes should always allow your feet to breathe. For example, shoes with mesh material allow air pockets that will evaporate sweat and not allow the shoe to become damp. Alternating between shoes also helps. When one pair of shoes is worn repeatedly, bacteria colonies are more likely to thrive due to daily moisture. Lastly, make sure your shoes are always kept dry.
By taking proper care of your feet daily and wearing the correct shoes and socks, your foot odor should go away. If your smelly feet continues or become more severe, consult your podiatrist for further treatment options.