Well, it appears the cooler weather has finally arrived here in the Sunshine State; the thermometer actually dipped below 60 degrees this week. I’ve already seen people sporting winter boots. (crazy Floridians!) You know what comes with winter boots, don’t you? Stinky feet!
Yup, those feet are going to start smelling! With more than 250,000 sweat glands each, your feet are among the sweatiest parts of your body. In one day, each foot can produce more than a pint of sweat…yuck! And not only do they produce sweat, but they produce stink!
Why do they do that? I’m so glad you asked. The smells actually comes from bacteria that lives on our skin (it is perfectly normal to have bacteria living on your skin, by the way) that eats the sweat and then excretes waste!
So, just remember the smell that hits you after you whip off your winter boots is all the bacteria excretion that has accumulated on your feet and consequently in your socks and shoes!
So, what can you do about all this stink? Here are a few ways to decrease the possibility of stink feet!
- wash your feet with strong anti-bacterial soap
- wear clean socks
- don’t wear the same shoes everyday
- wear well-ventilated shoes instead of very constrictive shoes, such as boots
- always wear socks, preferably made of cotton or other absorbent materials
- change your socks a few times a day
- use a daily foot spray
- use a foot soak weekly to loosen dead skin and make way for new clean skin
- apply an antiperspirant to your feet
- spray Lysol in your shoes before you put them in the closet at night, and let it air dry overnight
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton or Sarasota area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.