Nobody likes stinky feet, but it seems for most, repugnant feet are inevitable.
From sandals to tennis shoes, nothing seems to help the stench emanating from those ten toes.
But why does this happen? How can you help to make this not happen?
Some smells are relatively easy to keep at bay with some easy daily activities, while others might signify its time to visit a foot doctor.
Here are five reasons your feet may be emanating that offensive odor.
You have too much bacteria
Naturally, your feet produce sweat, which is important for feet health, and it naturally occurs from daily activity and being confined to socks and shoes.
But the downside of that is all of that sweat is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and too much bacteria can cause some of that stinky foot smell. Technically the smell comes from the bacteria breaking down your dead skin cells and sweat, which just sounds like a smelly process.
Making sure to keep your feet as clean and dry as possible can help prevent the smell associated with the process.
You don’t switch up your shoes enough
The bacteria that we just talked about love to live in your most worn shows, because it’s usually nice and warm and moist.
Making sure to switch up the shoes you wear often and always wearing socks is a great way to prevent smelly shoes and smelly feet.
Also, there are deodorizing sprays you can spray in your shoes to help with that as well.
You don’t let feet be naked enough
Making sure to have time when you are without shoes on your feet is actually super important to avoid smelly feet.
Allowing your feet time to air out will keep your feet less sweaty, therefore not allowing those odor-producing bacteria to develop.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, they say a great time to let your feet breathe is when you go to sleep at night, so maybe skip those warm fuzzy socks. However, they warn it’s important not to go barefoot too much in places other than your home because other harmful bacteria can attach to your feet.
You shared a towel with a friend
Stink is actually transferable, and by sharing a towel with a friend who might also have a smelly feet problem, you might have inherited that problem as well.
Sharing something like a towel which can hold bacteria can make you get that bacteria onto places like your feet as well. It’s better to just avoid it if possible, or at least make sure to wash your feet or soak them in warm water and vinegar to keep the smell at bay.
You may have an infection
Last but not least, one of the biggest reasons you feet are reeking is that you have some sort of infection.
Good news is, according to the Center for Disease Control most foot infections can be remedied with products found at most drug stores, sanitizing your feet as much as possible, and time.
If it seems that something with your feet isn’t right and smelling really bad or hurting really bad it’s probably time to visit a foot doctor, also known as a podiatrist.
If it is necessary they can help you and let you know what you need to do to get rid of that infection and be on your way to healthy feet.