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Our feet need to stay moist and pliable so that we can properly walk. Our feet contain sweat glands that can produce ½ a cup of sweat a day to aid this function. Foot odor comes from the excessive production of sweat. When all that water cannot effectively evaporate, our shoes and socks become a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria produce Isovaleric acid – the stinky feet culprit.
Dry feet are odorless feet. Begin by washing and drying your feet thoroughly. Rub a little talcum powder on them and sprinkle some in your shoes (Gold Bond makes a good one). Be sure to wear shoes made of natural fibers like leather or canvas and stock up on cotton socks; they absorb sweat the best and allow maximum moisture evaporation.
If you find your foot odor persists, don’t hesitate to see a specialist. It could be a symptom of a larger problem like a fungal infection or glandular disorder.
Most of all, when you can, take off your shoes. Wiggle your toes and let your feet breathe. Be nice to them. Get a pedicure. When it’s warm, reward them with a nice pair of sandals (with the proper arch support, of course). They work hard to carry you around; make sure you care for them.
I hope this helps-October 10, 2018 - 4:25am