If you`re looking for a cure then you need to know why the odour has happened. Knowing of, or about conditions/disorders that could be responsible will help you treat prevent and rid.
There are two primary issues known for giving rise to smelly feet (Sweating and shoe leather.) The body needs to sweat, it is a vital function the body can`t do without. Although stale sweat might smell unhealthy but if the body did not perspire then that`s what we call unhealthy. It is not natural for the body “not” to sweat thus resulting in serious complications. Sweating helps to maintain body temperature. It also assists in removing waste products from the body. Unfortunately for some folk and because we as individuals differ, some sweat more than others to a degree where medical attention is necessary. If you sweat more than the normal required amount needed to keep the body cool then you could have what we call hyperhidrosis. More details on this below.
The chief cause for smelly feet is duly caused by bacteria, or to be more exact of the waste product of the bacteria ingesting the sweat. Bacterium is not good and if build up remains in one spot without being washed away the bacteria excrete waste gives rise to a malodorous odour. Different types of odor occur on people because of various bacterium types. Usual foot odor described stemming from this is normally said to be “cheesy.”
Help prevent foot odor
To do this you need to maintain a high level of hygiene.
Wash the feet daily with warm soapy water this will help kill bacteria and leave your feet feeling fresh; If necessary bathe them 2 or 3 times if need be. Use an anti-bacterial soap such as Dettol to disinfect the feet.
Change socks regular putting on a clean pair after every wash. I know it sounds stupid having to point this out but people are known to wash their feet and then put back on the same smelly socks they have just taken off.
Particular fabrics that socks are made of can cause the feet to sweat more. Avoid wearing nylon socks and wear cotton or natural fibre materials which absorb sweat. If possible it will also help tremendously to wear a different pair of shoes from time to time. This gives the ones you have removed time to air ridding moisture and smell.
Try placing odour-eater inserts inside your shoes. Don`t spray antiperspirant/deodorant onto dirty feet, trying to cover up foot odor this way do not make a great mix (Perfumed cheese.)
Smelly Feet Home Remedies – As with any new method or solution you want to use for treating your stinky feet, get your GP to give you the thumbs up first.
1. Deal with foot odour by soaking your feet in strong black tea for half an hour daily for 7 days. The tannic acid in the tea destroys bacteria and closes the pores keeping the feet dry for longer periods.
2. Sprinkle talcum powder all over the feet or dust with baking soda to help reduce heavy sweating. Alternatively soak your feet in 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water.
3. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts in two quarts of warm to clean and freshen up the feet, this solution will also help keep feet dry.
4.Throw out any shoes that you can`t remove the smell from.
5. Avoid wearing plastic shoes.
6. Fill a bowl with warm water and oatmeal, squeeze oats till water is milky then soak for 10 minutes and pat dry.
7. Rub alcohol or isopropyl alcohol on feet with every bath or shower. If feet sweat a lot wear two pair of absorbent socks for a fortnight & change every 4-6 hours.
Remember not all treatments work the same on each individual. Be wary at all times and cautious about unfamiliar products. If the problem of smelly feet still persists after having tried most options to rid the smell, then call in and see your doctor because a sudden onset of stinky feet could be the result of a medical problem. Bowel cleansing may also help. Your feet excrete toxins from the body. By all means soak your feet but be dubious of any solutions you use as a soak because the body absorbs through the skin. Your purpose is to rid the body of toxins and not add more to your system.
8. Some foot smells is caused by the same bacteria that cause acne so consider using 10% benzoyl peroxide
9. Try placing dryer sheets in each shoe. It helps covers the smell, however this is not an ideal solution as you are looking to rid your problem of smelly feet and not disguise them.
10. Consider soaking your feet in mouthwash.
I am only the messenger here delivering what I have heard to work for ridding foot odor so it is vitally important for the health of your feet not to practice any suggested methods without a medic’s confirmation to say it is safe to do so.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the body sweats excessively for no given reason at all.
It is characterized by abnormally increased perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. A patient can feel at a loss of control because perspiration takes place independent of temperature. Different emotions affect the body in many ways, and anxiety is namely one for exacerbating this particular problem. People who suffer with nerves over their sweating tend to experience more heavily sweating episodes worsening the condition. Other reasons for excessive sweating can be caused by foods we eat and drink (nicotine, caffeine, and smells can onset a reaction.)
Body parts we link to being common areas for sweating are the hands, feet and the groin because they are the most active sites for perspiration occurring due to the relatively high concentration of sweat glands in these spots.
Your doctor will examine you in order to identify if you are suffering from primary hyperhidrosis or secondary hyperhidrosis, which can happen at any time in your life. The latter could be brought about by disorder of the thyroid or pituitary gland, diabetes mellitus, tumors, gout, menopause or specific medications. Medics have tried treating excessive sweating with oral tablets, creams, lotions, deodorants, electrical gadgets and acupuncture but sadly the success rate for most severe cases is somewhat limited. Surgical treatments have been around for the last 50 to 60 years. Clearly the early surgical advances were quite insidious causing complications. Since the improvement of optical surgical equipment, endoscopic surgeries became the standard for different processes.
For people suffering profusely from hand sweating then endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is the favored treatment. If armpit sweating is serious then axillary suction curettage is a regular method used for sweat control. For men and women with an excessive foot sweating problem then as the main presentation or if ETS did not cure then the issue of sweaty feet could be addressed with lumbar sympathectomy as a surgical remedy. It is not known what causes primary hyperhidrosis but what we do know is, that people with this condition face major challenges throughout the day. Well challenge it back and get help.
Did you know that the foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands? So this answers the question to why we suffer from sweaty feet at times, smelly maybe not, so ain`t you the lucky one.