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How to Get Rid of Smelly Feet Quickly

Updated on May 21, 2014
Knowing how to get rid of smelly feet will definitely help you to worry about the finer things in life, rather than stinky feet.
Knowing how to get rid of smelly feet will definitely help you to worry about the finer things in life, rather than stinky feet. | Source

How to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Suffering from stinky feet is incredibly embarrassing, and it leads many people to find out how to get rid of smelly feet in order to maintain some of their confidence. Foot odor is incredible pungent and will wrinkle the noses of others just as quickly as flatulence (gas) can. Believe it or not, there are many different ways to cure smelly feet.

Foot odor is not necessarily a result of bad hygiene either, even though it is frequently regarded as so. Knowing how to stop smelly feet is incredibly important to millions of suffers across the world; so do not feel like you are all alone in this journey! Just a few changes in your daily routine can definitely help you to overcome this huge inconvenience. Wouldn't it be nice to be completely worry free of body odors? Unfortunately, it is part of being human, so we cannot eliminate them completely. On a more positive note, it is not impossible to hinder them greatly!

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Bad bacteria will cause smelly feet; but good bacteria help to rid your feet of the bad bacteria, keeping them from becoming so smelly.
Bad bacteria will cause smelly feet; but good bacteria help to rid your feet of the bad bacteria, keeping them from becoming so smelly. | Source

Knowing How to Stop Stinky Feet Begins with Knowing Why They Stink!

Feet can become stinky for many different reasons. Generally, the number one reason for smelly feet is bacteria. Out of the different factors it usually boils down to bacteria. Odors tend to occur when bacteria are highly concentrated on the body or are out of balance. The human body contains both bad and good bacteria; and it is important not to wipe the good bacteria out. The most common odors that people associate with the body are armpit odors, smelly feet, and bad breath- each of which stemming from bacteria.

Smelly feet can also be caused by infection, illness, or disease. Athlete's foot is a common fungal foot infection which can carry odor with it. This is frequently spread through the sharing of shoes and showers, causing pain, itching, and odor. The issue at hand that is causing the odor must be treated before you can figure out how to get rid of smelly feet.

Keeping the balance between good bacteria and the bad bacteria will fend off smelly feet. Washing them properly is the first step in combatting odor.
Keeping the balance between good bacteria and the bad bacteria will fend off smelly feet. Washing them properly is the first step in combatting odor. | Source

How to Get Rid of Smelly Feet: Keeping the Balance!

As described in the previous paragraph, bacteria is usually the culprit behind unbearable odor; and there must be a balance between good and bad bacteria in order to fend off odors. If you are just learning how to stop smelly feet, then the first thing you need to do is learn how to clean them properly. The worst thing you can do to combat stinky feet is to scrub them vigorously with antibacterial soap. This not only gets rid of the bad bacteria that cause the odor, but it gets rid of the good bacteria that help to defend your feet from the bad bacteria. The bad bacteria will come back much faster, leaving your feet unbalanced. This will actually cause the odor to become worse! Instead of paying special attention to your feet when bathing, simply ignore them. Allow the soap that you wash your body with to flow over your feet. This is plenty enough to get your feet clean, while bringing down the odor.

After a few days, you will begin to notice a decline in odor. The good bacteria will be able to populate your feet in higher numbers; improving the chances of a decline in bad bacteria, as well as that pesky odor.

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Keeping Feet Dry to Get Rid of Smelly Feet

Sweat is a breeding ground for bacteria, as I'm sure you already know. Sweat provides three things that are vital for bacteria to flourish: moisture, nutrients, and warmth. When these conditions are met, the resulting consequence is an overgrowth of bacteria who put off an odor due to their wastes. As bacteria feed and reproduce, they expel gases and compounds; the sole reason for odor. In order to make the bacteria feel less at home, your feet should be kept dry. You can use baby powder and other powder based odor control formulas in your shoes and socks to prevent odor. The socks themselves are also going to be a huge weapon in your fight against the stink. You should choose highly absorbent, cotton socks to wick away moisture, while also keeping your feet aerated. As the good bacteria regain their numbers after proper foot washing measures, you will notice that this will increase your success in the battle against foot odor.

These socks have definitely been ready to go for a while. They would not be very good soldiers in the war against foot odor.
These socks have definitely been ready to go for a while. They would not be very good soldiers in the war against foot odor. | Source

Avoiding Dirty Socks and Shoes

If your socks and shoes are heavily soiled, do not re wear them before a good washing. This is a breeding ground for bacteria, and they themselves will carry a very offensive odor; especially when they are exposed to more sweat. Second day socks are definitely not how you get rid of smelly feet. If you find that your shoes are incredibly offensive, try hand washing them. IF this is not an option due to the materials in the shoes, try using a strong antimicrobial spray to kill the bacteria that are currently in them.

Still Trying to Figure Out How to Get Rid of Smelly Feet?

If you are still suffering from foot odor, and cannot figure out how to stop smelly feet, then you may need to book a visit with your doctor. There are many different problems that can cause severe foot odors; and they are not all able to be fixed through a change in hygiene. Some will require special ointments, while others may require oral prescriptions. Visiting the doctor is not always fun but it is sometimes necessary. If you have tried everything and cannot seem to get a straight answer from your regular doctor, you might need to see a foot specialist. If nothing else, you can always try out sprays and powders to combat odor until the issue is resolved.

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      angryelf 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you Lady! I sure know my brother suffers. Not to be graphic or anything... but his feet smell like an armadillo was hit by a semi doing 100 on a hot, Tennessee, summer day. LOL. It was a real inspiration for this hub ;) I hope you're doing well today!!!

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      My older brother was bothered by Athlete's feet when he was a teen. He used to keep his shoes out on the back porch steps. He washed and soaked his feet in warm water that contained white vinegar and soap. Your hub is very useful and practical. I'm sure that there are millions out there who need to know how to keep their feet clean and stink- free. Voted up and useful.

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