Why Your Feet Smell So Bad and What to Do About It
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Everyone’s feet smell from time to time. But there are some cases when the smell goes beyond just stinky and reaches the category of, “open the window!”
So what is the reason for smelly feet? And what can you do to beat that? Here are some recommendations from the podiatrists.
Why your feet stink?
The sweat glands on our feet are among the most active on our body, says podiatrist Albert D’Angelantonio III, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Penn Medicine. “As opposed to other areas, they are constantly excreting. Exercise, heat or activities such as walking can make them perspire more,” he says.
The bacteria which are present on our skin produce acid when they “eat” the sweat on our feet. A strong offensive odor causing stinky feed is medically known as bromhidrosis. Another reason can be a bacterial infection in the outermost layer of the skin, called erythrasma.
However, there are some actions you can take in the privacy of your home to make sure that there will be no need to open the window the next time you take off your shoes.
There is nothing better than soap and warm water to keep bacteria in check. Make sure to dry the skin between your toes any time you wash them. This helps limit the dampness that bacteria need to breed. Also chose socks made of synthetic fabrics specifically designed to draw away moisture.
Switch out your shoes
Wearing same shoes for some days in a row can retain moisture. That’s why Dr. D’Angelantonio recommends maintaining at least two pairs of shoes regardless of their material, so you can give them a rest in between. Alternative materials like canvas, or open-toed styles shoes can also help in eliminating moisture and by that disrupt the rapid bacteria growing.
Prepare a tea party for your toes
“Black tea can be used as an antiseptic to help tame the bacteria on your feet,” Dr. D’Angelantonio says. Steep two tea bags in two cups of boiling water for about 15 minutes. Add about two quarts of cool water, then soak your feet for 20 minutes.
Enjoy a Salt Soak
Saltwater also helps to keep bacteria in check so living by the seaside can be your advantage. If the sea is not your daily view, create one by yourself. Add about one cup of kosher salt to a bowl of warm water and soak for 20 minutes a day for two weeks. “This will help get bacteria back down to normal levels,” Dr. D’Angelantonio says.
Practicing yoga or meditation can also be a great way to reduce the stress and by that lower the sweat response in people who tend to be consistently sweaty. In every other case, there are antiperspirants that can do their job right.