WHAT CAUSES BAD SMELLS IN THE FEET?
They’re your dogs, your piggies, and everything in between. Your feet, by whatever name, are an integral part of who you are. You wouldn’t be able to stand, walk, or run without them. Your feet work so hard for you that they get a little sweaty from time to time. Also, foul.
What does it feel like sweltering in an amusement park on a hot summer day? Aww, man, those sneakers have seen better days. You take your shoes off in the car on the way home. It has a pleasant sensation but a foul odor. P.U. — what’s that smell? — might be heard from the other passengers in the automobile.
Bacteria are the culprits. Your feet are the most likely area to find these tiny insects. They prefer dark and moist environments, such as the insides of wet shoes. Because they grow exponentially when exposed to moisture, not wearing socks is a surefire way to unleash them.
Bacteria can feast on your foot under the appropriate conditions. These bacteria devour your skin’s dead cells and lipids. As the colonies expand, organic acids will be excreted by the organisms. Organic acids cause a foul odor.
The odor is unbearable for 10% to 15% of the population. Why? Because their feet become infected with Kyetococcus sedentarius, they are more susceptible to infections (say: kite-oh-KAH-Kus SEH-den-tair-ee-us). Volatile sulfur compounds are another byproduct of these bacteria and the foul-smelling organic acids. Sulfur compounds are typically intense and unpleasant to the nose. Volatile sulfur compounds smell like a rotten egg if you’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling one.
What are your options?
No need to worry about stinky feet in general. It’s fine if you don’t mind the smell, but if you do, you may want to seek professional aid.
So, how can you get rid of the smell of your feet? Perhaps there is no way to eradicate foul odors. However, you can reduce body odor by reducing sweating.
Try the following:
- Maintain a spotless appearance. Every day, make a point of washing your feet. Instead of letting the shower water splatter on your feet, try soaking them in a tub of water and cleaning them. When you’re finished, blow out your feet with a towel.
- Socks that fit are essential. Cotton, fine wools, and sports-specific knits will help keep your feet dry and comfortable by wicking away moisture. Replace your socks daily if they become wet.
- Your shoes should not be overly tight. If this is the case, you may notice that your feet sweat more frequently than usual.
- Switch out your footwear. You may notice an increase in shoe odor if you wear the same pair of shoes every day. Wear them again after letting them air out for a few days.
- Eliminate any pathogens that may be present. Using a disinfectant spray to get rid of bacteria in your shoes may be something your parents can recommend. You can also use antibacterial soap to clean your feet. Shoes left out in the sun for a while may also be beneficial.
- Rinse your shoes or insoles with soap and water. It is possible to wash some insoles or shoes, particularly those of the sneakers type, to remove odors and get fresh-smelling shoes. Before putting them on, make sure they’re absolutely dry.
- Plastic-made shoes should be avoided. You can’t let your feet breathe in some plastics and other artificial materials.
- Remove your shoes and go about barefoot. Allow your feet to get fresh air by leaving them out in the open, especially at night. Be careful, though, because being barefoot too often, especially in the open air, can allow bacteria (such as Kyetococcus) to colonize your feet.
- Don’t let anyone else use your shoes or towels. If you do, you risk acquiring bacteria that make you smell bad from the feet of others. Gross!
Talk to your parents if you’re still having issues with foot odor. They may want to get you odor-controlling powder or insoles to combat the smell. If you’ve tried everything and it’s not working, you should consult your physician about your treatment options. You may be prescribed a particular foot prescription by your doctor.
Foot odor can be controlled by the vast majority of people. Stinky feet are not only unpleasant but also embarrassing. If you’re concerned about this, simply wear your shoes in public places like school or the vehicle.
Keep your feet clean and barefoot at home to allow them to breathe. Those bacteria will have to find a new lunch spot if your feet are clean and dry.