Foot odor is a type of body odor that affects the feet of humans and is typically viewed as an unpleasant smell.
According to a Japanese study (via Men’s Health), a bacteria thrives on a person’s skin and in his shoes eat sweat, which leads to the production of an acid that causes bad odor. The number of bacteria in the feet can be decreased by allowing a drier habitat for the feet, according to Rondrick Williamson, DPM, a podiatrist in Atlanta, Georgia.
The bacteria on one’s feet give off a kind of gas as they eat the proteins and amino acids in the sweat from the sweat glands on the feet, according to Everyday Roots. As per the publication, foot soaks serve as simple methods to get rid of foot odor.
Along with water, Epsom salt can be made as a foot soak. It is known to neutralize odor, as well as create a soothing effect on a painful foot. One half-cup of Epsom salt can be added to eight cups of warm water. The feet are soaked for 30 minutes once or twice daily.
Sage and rosemary soak can be also used to fight smelly feet. Sage is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, which make it competent in getting rid of stinky feet. It also acts as an astringent, which entails that it helps reduce the production of sweat from the sweat glands. As a result, bacteria will not have a large area to cling and live. One teaspoon of dried rosemary and one to two teaspoons of dried sage will do the trick. They are allowed to steep until they are cool enough to put the feet in. The feet are soaked for 30 minutes one to two times daily.
Citrus soak and bubble baking soda are also included in the list of foot odor fighters. Baking soda has the natural ability to kill odor, bacteria, or fungi. It can also help soften the feet. Aside from their refreshing aroma, citrus fruits like lemons have an astringent property, which controls excessive sweating that leads to foot odor. One-fourth cup of baking soda is placed in the foot basin and is then covered with about eight cups of warm water. One lemon is squeezed before the feet are sunken in. the feet are allowed to soak for 15 to 20 minutes before drying completely.
Vinegar, a weak type of acid, also helps remove foot smell by killing bacteria and fungi through an acidic environment. One-half cup of apple cider vinegar is added to five to eight cups of warm water. The feet are soaked for 15 minutes two times a day. Before drying completely, the feet can be rinsed in cold water, to remove the sour smell of the vinegar.
Black tea can also be used as soak to remove foot smell. It contains high amounts of tannins or tannic acid, which creates an unfriendly environment for the microorganisms. It can also act as astringent, contracting body tissues and sweat glands. While scientific evidence with regard to it is insufficient, it could be worth a try. Five bags of black tea are added to four cups of warm water and are allowed to steep for ten minutes, before soaking the feet for 20 minutes. This is done once daily and the feet should be dried afterwards.
Aside from the foot soaks, good foot hygiene stands as an important component of foot odor management. According to Men’s Health, deodorizing powder or spray can also be used for the feet and/or the shoes. In fact, corn starch can be used on the feet to absorb the moisture. After applying corn starch, one may don his shoes.
The choice of socks is also a factor in fighting foot odor. Socks made up of nylon usually traps moisture, whereas socks made up of cotton allows air to circulate to the feet. This way, excessive sweating can be managed, thus, eliminating foot odor.
Foot odor can be a nuisance to the person who has the condition and to his family and friends. Thus, the interplay of knowledge, dedication, and attitude can help a person finally say goodbye to the nose-punching smell.