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Healthy Feet Tip 2: Foot Odor

Today is part two of a new blog series called Healthy Feet Tips. In this series I’ll be writing on a number of issues that plague our poor aching feet.  On average, depending on your mobility, we take 5,000 daily steps, we stand for long periods of time, and we often wear ill fitting footwear. What I’d like to share with you today is how we can give our feet some tender loving care.  Today’s topic is about foot odor and what you can do about it.

Bromodosis is the medical term for stinky feet. From time to time we’ve all experienced foot odor; it can often be embarrassing.  Sweat is the main culprit. Sweat glands are important because they keep our skin soft and moist and regulate our internal temperature.  There are more sweat glands in our feet than in any other region of the body and sweat all the time.  When our foot sweat mixes with bacteria in our socks and shoes, the result is stinky toes. The main causes for this are:

  • Poor hygiene;
  • Wearing the same socks and shoes every day;
  • Hormonal changes;
  • Stress;
  • Hyperhidrosis, a condition which causes you to sweat more than usual.

Help me! How do I treat it?

No worries. Foot odor can be easily controlled. Instead of buying shoes made of synthetic materials, buy ones made of canvas or leather. Going barefoot when at home is helpful too. After a bath or shower, it’s important to dry between your toes. Swap out your socks every day, and consider wearing sport socks that are designed to keep your feet dry.

Consider bathing your feet in this easy-to-make foot soak remedy:

In a foot basin, add chamomile, vinegar, salt, ginger, and oils to a basin of warm water. Sponge feet with peppermint soap. Soak your feet for approximately 20 minutes.

  • 1 Bag chamomile tea;
  • ½ Cup apple cider vinegar;
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt;
  • Fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Drops essential oil of eucalyptus;
  • 2 Drops essential oil of peppermint;
  • Sponge (preferably natural);
  • Peppermint soap;
  • Witch Hazel;
  • Peppermint foot cream.

Dry feet, then wipe them with Witch Hazel. Finish by applying peppermint foot cream. Have questions? Simply reach out to me at Step Forward to Better Health.

Image used: “Soap Super Close,” Taken on March 19, 2008 by Jo NaylorCC by 2.0


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