Are you tired of smelly feet jokes? Maybe your family and friends are trying to give you a gentle hint every time you take off your shoes.
Bacteria causes persistent foot odor – called bromhidrosis – and these bacteria thrive in wet or moist environments. So when your feet sweat, the bacteria increase and the result is smelly feet.
Home Remedies Can Fight Foot Odor
Here are a few home remedies to try if you suffer from persistent foot odor:
- Your feet have sweat glands just like your underarm, so try spraying an antiperspirant deodorant on your feet every day.
- Try soaking in brewed tea. Toss a few teabags in some boiling water, let it cool and add cold water. Soak weekly for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in tea can actually reduce sweat levels to dry out your feet.
- Soak your feet in a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice, thinned out with some water. This mixture will attack bacteria and also acts as an astringent to remove dead skin from the feet.
- Prepare a mixture of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 quart cool water and soak your feet for 15 minutes several times a week. You’ll be reducing bacteria and also helping to restore the pH balance of your feet.
A word of caution: Don’t apply any potentially caustic materials such as bleach directly to the feet.
Always Wear Dry Shoes
You’re defeating your purpose if you put clean, dry feet back into damp or sweaty shoes or socks. Change your socks when they get damp. Alternate shoes to let them dry out completely between wearings.
At Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, we recommend these methods to keep feet dry:
- Clean shoes with a disinfecting product and then wipe the insides with clear water and let dry.
- Spray shoes with a disinfectant spray and let dry thoroughly.
- Sprinkle powder, cornstarch or baking soda into your shoes and socks to soak up moisture.
- Add a few unused tea bags to your shoes and leave them in your closet for a few days to eliminate unpleasant odors and absorb moisture.
- Tuck a dryer sheet into the toe of your shoes and leave overnight.
If you are still bothered by bromhidrosis after trying a few home remedies, please call us for an evaluation. We can successfully treat your feet for stubborn foot odor.
Don’t Be Embarrassed by Foot Odor – We Can Help!
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist, has extensive experience with all types of foot and ankle conditions and diseases including bromhidrosis. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson, FL office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill, FL office at 352 683-5799.