How to cure those smelly feet once and for all!
Smelly feet aren’t fun for anyone but there is an effective, simple and cheap treatment that you can use at home which will banish foot odour within a week.
Medically known as bromodosis, stinky feet are a common year-round problem.
The main cause is sweaty feet combined with wearing the same shoes every day.
Anyone can get sweaty feet, regardless of the temperature or time of year. But teenagers and pregnant women are especially prone because hormonal changes make them sweat more.
You’re also more likely to have foot perspiration if you’re on your feet all day, if you’re under a lot of stress or if you have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, which makes you sweat more than usual. Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, can also lead to bad foot odour.
Feet become smelly if sweat soaks into shoes and they don’t dry before you wear them again.
Bacteria on the skin break down sweat as it comes from the pores. A cheesy odour is released as the sweat decomposes.
The good news is that there’s a simple, quick, sure-fire solution to smelly feet.
Wash your feet with an anti-bacterial soap called Hibiscrub. There are lots of over-the-counter foot hygiene products at your local chemist, but Hibiscrub is the best one.
Leave on the Hibiscrub for a couple of minutes, then wash it off.
If you do this twice a day, you’ll definitely see – and smell! – the results.
Preventing smelly feet
Keeping feet fresh and sweet smelling is all down to good personal hygiene and changing your shoes regularly. To keep feet fresh:
Never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Instead, wear different shoes on successive days so they have at least 24 hours to dry out.
Make sure teenage boys have two pairs of trainers so that they don’t have to wear the same pair for two or more consecutive days.
Wash and dry your feet every day and change your socks (ideally wool or cotton, not nylon) at least once a day.
Keep your toenails short and clean and remove any hard skin with a foot file. Hard skin can become soggy when damp, which provides an ideal home for bacteria
See your GP if simple measures to reduce your foot odour don’t help, or if you’re worried that your level of sweating is abnormally high.
Your doctor can offer you a strong prescription anti-perspirant or refer you for a treatment called iontophoresis, which delivers a mild electric current through water to your feet to combat excessive sweating.