Staying in for a movie night, shoe shopping with friends or even a night out bowling can become embarrassing and unpleasant for you to enjoy due to that smell! But this isn’t something that you need to worry about, there are lots of ways to manage and treat foot odor.
Medically known as bromodosis, it is a more common problem than you might think. Each foot has 250,000 sweat glands, that’s more than anywhere else in your body. Sweat by itself is actually odorless; it’s the mix of sweat and the bacteria already on your skin that can cause that horrible smell. You can be prone to sweat even more if you’re in your teens or pregnant because of hormonal changes.
What to Do
Prevention is the best way to cure smelly feet and there are lots of ways to do it.
- Personal hygiene is a big one – washing and thoroughly drying your feet daily will help keep them fresh.It is also very important to wear the right sort of socks, ideally wool or cotton as they will let your feet breath but be sure to dodge nylon as it can trap the moisture around your feet.
- More importantly than that, you should make sure to change your socks at least daily if not, twice a day. Putting on dirty socks for the second day running is essentially going to reheat that sweat, leading to a foul smell.
- A great tip for thoroughly washing your socks is to turn them inside out before you put them in the washer, this way, all the dead flakes of skin have more chance of being washed off.
- As well as socks, wearing the right shoes is an important part of keeping your feet smelling fresh! If possible, you should wear leather or canvas shoes, again, to let your feet breath and try to rotate your shoes daily allowing them 24 hours after wear to dry out. Crumpled newspaper inside wet shoes will dry them overnight.
- Everyone wants to be able to take off their shoes with confidence so be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure your feet are fresh through whatever your day brings.