By Justine Namara
Feet trapped in closed shoes will often smell profusely. Though most people make jokes about sweaty and smelly feet, individuals experiencing this will get distressed because probably they do not know how to deal with it or rather they have tried the means they know of but do not seem to get rid of the problem.
Having smelly feet can be one of the most embarrassing things that people especially men are dealing with. It can be a foundation of a low self esteem in some individuals. That’s how bad it is. Most people try to self treat and spend a fortune on over the counter products without knowing if it is the right diagnosis.
Medical health reports have it that, feet contain more sweat glands than any other part of the body, even your armpits. Sweating keeps the skin supple and helps stop it from drying out and cracking. If the sweat accumulates on your skin then bacteria can build up causing smelly feet, medically known as bromodosis.
These solutions will help you get comfortable with your feet without having to worry of the smell.
Let Them Breathe
“Surprisingly, the perspiration isn’t what causes odor; sweat doesn’t have too much of a scent”, says Vincent a medical practitioner in Kampala. “That awful stench occurs when your sweat hits old bacteria, fungus, or yeast that's been breeding in the lining of your shoe. Shoes provide the perfect environment for bacteria: All of these germs flourish in places that are dark, warm, and moist things you have very little control over in a closed-toe shoe,” he explains.
You can be proactive about the amount of moisture or perspiration once you take your shoes off. Think of a sauna or steamy shower, for example. All of the muggy, moist air is trapped in a closed space. But once you open the door, everything's allowed to air out and dry. The first step to eliminating stinky feet is taking your shoes off and letting both breathe.
Invite Your Feet to Tea
Did you know that tea bags can be useful apart from consuming them as tea? The acid in the tea closes your pores, reducing the amount you’ll sweat. It also acts as a natural antibiotic, killing the bacteria on your feet. Add two black tea bags to 1 cup of water and boil for 15 minutes. Add 2 quarts of cool water, and then pour the solution into a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do this once a day for a week.
Pick the Right Socks and shoes
Vincent explains that materials like nylon can trap moisture around your feet. Cotton, however, lets your feet breathe. If you tend to sweat more than the average guy, bring an extra pair of socks with you and change halfway through the day. This will give your feet a fresh environment. It is highly advised that people with foot odor endeavour to wear leather shoes and also ensure to change socks frequently, wear a clean pair everyday and do not repeat same socks.
Soak In Saltwater or vinegar
Salt pulls moisture out of your skin, reducing the amount of bacteria that can survive there. In a tub or large bowl of warm water, dissolve ½ teaspoons of salt. Soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this every day for two weeks.
"In addition, bathe your feet in vinegar. It has a drying effect so the bacteria starve,"says Vincent. Mix one part vinegar with two parts water in a tub or large bowl. Soak your feet for 30 minutes once a day for a week.
This is the commonest remedy to fight smelly sweaty feet. Pour baby or foot powder on your feet before wearing shoes. Do this daily. Powder absorbs extra moisture hence keeping your feet dry.