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Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

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stinky feet in sandalsThe term “stinky” seems reserved mainly for three items: cheese, skunks, and feet. Sure, “smelly” gets thrown around for a lot of things, but “stinky” has that puckish charm left for things that are jokingly notorious for their aroma. This is unfortunate in the case of feet, as it’s a problem many people feel embarrassed and self-conscious about. If you worry that your feet are the punchline to some bad jokes, see if these tips to eliminate foot odor can help you find a rosier outlook.

The two biggest keys to preventing smelly feet are keeping them clean and dry, especially if your feet are prone to sweating a lot. This helps keep the bacteria who are the true odor-causing culprits from finding a warm, damp place to roost.

Wash your feet at least once per day, making sure to dry them thoroughly and not forgetting in-between the toes. Antiperspirant or deodorant can also help keep your feet dry and fresh. Yes, the same stuff that works for your underarms can also help your feet!

Try to go barefoot when reasonable, such as at home. When you do wear shoes, try to stick to leather, canvas, or other breathable materials and don’t wear the same pair on consecutive days. Give each pair 24 hours to dry out. Otherwise, you’re sticking your foot back into dampness and giving the bacteria a new lease.

A foot soak is another means to eliminate foot odor that works for some. There are a number of recipes out there to try, but they can range from your plain old Epsom salt soak to black tea to rosemary and sage.

For more help getting rid of your foot odor, call the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute. Medical treatments may be just what you need to cut down on the sweat and keep the bacteria at bay. Schedule an appointment with us at our Irvine office by calling (949) 833-3406 or our Victorville office by calling (760) 951-2000. You can also call us toll-free at (888) 796-6631.

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