They can run people out of the room and even cause you to be chased away. Foul-smelling feet can also create a major crimp in the romance department. Advice columnists often receive letters from readers who point to funky feet as one of the causes of relationship troubles.
While some people can tolerate bad breath, there is something about foot odor that causes most people to run in a different direction. After all, bad breath seldom fills the room with a cloud of stench strong enough to even gag the perpetrator.
Before the problem can be rectified, you need to get to the root of why your feet stink in the first place. Keep in mind your feet contain as many as three million sweat glands. So it’s not surprising they get sweaty from time to time. In most people, they produce about a gallon of sweat each week. That’s a perfect environment for the growth of bacteria.
It doesn’t matter if you wash your feet. Microorganisms duplicate themselves each time you remake the bed for reproduction. Remake the bed? Right, like wearing the same pair of sneakers day in and day out. Like, wearing the same pair of socks several times in a row.
Boy, do those microbes like it when you do that. And they don’t mind letting you know they’ve found the perfect home; the more those little life forms grow, the more they stink.
And thanks to your individual chemistry, the odor is trademarked. In other words, no one’s feet stink quite like yours.
Although there are many granny tales about how to rid yourself of smelly feet, the wisest solution is quite simple. Ignore the tongue scrapers, jello formulas and other gimmicks your friends may suggest. Listen to what the doctors who treat chronic foot odor have to say.
On a daily basis, wash your feet with antibacterial soap and dry them thoroughly. Always wear a clean pair of absorbent socks, preferably cotton. Spray your feet with a natural antiperspirant and sprinkle foot powder, as directed, into your shoes.
Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. If you are a sneaker wearer, alternate between your sneakers to give them a chance to dry out. If at all possible, go barefoot or wear sandals as much as you can.
In severe cases, you can wash your feet in green tea after they have been cramped in those suffocating construction boots all day. Many women married to construction workers claim that remedy works for them.
To eliminate other problems that may be causing your feet to smell so badly, consult a local podiatrist. Your general medical practitioner can certainly recommend one.