Stinky feet are an embarrassing and uncomfortable problem. Odor occurs when your feet sweat. Odor-causing bacteria love dark, damp places, and the spaces between your toes offer the perfect residence. Individuals suffering from certain hormonal imbalances or overactive sweat glands may experience unusually stinky feet, according to the Nemours Foundation. Wash your feet twice a day to prevent fungus and help stave off odor.
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Sit on the edge of the tub and wet your feet with warm, not hot, water. Hot water can cause swelling, itching and irritation to any existing fungal or bacterial infections.
Lather a quarter-sized amount of antibacterial soap in your hands. Gently massage the sole of your foot, around the nails and between your toes. Bacteria develop in the nooks and crannies of your feet, so don’t neglect the less obvious areas.
Rinse your feet with cool water. Gently rub between your toes to remove any soapsuds.
Dry your feet by gently patting a clean towel against the skin. Work the towel in between your toes to absorb any remaining moisture. Avoid harshly rubbing with the towel, as this can cause further irritation.
Clean your feet twice a day for optimal odor control.
Keep your feet dry and stave off odor by sprinkling baby or talc powder on your feet, in your socks and in your shoes.
Avoid wearing closed-toe shoes without socks. The lack of absorbent material turns your shoe into a slush puddle of foot perspiration, which encourages bacteria and odor.
Wear socks made from wicking fabric that draws moisture away from skin, making your feet less hospitable to odor, bacteria and fungus.
Wear open-toe shoes when possible to keep your feet aerated and stave off odor.
References and ResourcesNemours Foundation: Why Do Feet Stink?
National Institute of Health: Athlete's Foot
American Academy of Family Physicians: Diabetic Footcare