The human body has over 4 million sweat glands with over 250,000 of these glands residing on the feet. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that stinky sweat finds its way between your toes and shoes. Having smelly feet is up there with public flatulence in terms of embarrassment. It may not be as loud as breaking of wind but the after effect in terms of smell is just as bad.
Some of the other unfortunate results of sweaty feet are blisters and infections which also increase the prevalence of smelly feet. Plantar hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating of the feet and makes walking with closed shoes very uncomfortable with all the slipping and sliding hot mess.
Causes of Sweaty Feet
Sweating is our body’s way of regulating its temperature through cooling off. The excess heat is released through sweat glands as sweat. As mentioned, the human feet have roughly 250,000 sweat glands and can produce around half a pint every day. Even for individuals who don’t have a sweating disorder, they are still going to sweat quite a bit on their feet.
Everyone sweats differently and it all depends of an individual’s on body makeup. Human genes have been known to influence how a person sweat. Other factors that influence just how much a person sweats include diet, shoe type, socks, and even emotional states like stress on anxiety. Sweat glands on your hands and feet respond mostly to changes in emotional states.
Some people who suffer from Plantar Hyperhidrosis are known to sweat regardless on emotional state or temperature. Some of the other most common forms of hyperhidrosis include Craniofacial Hyperhidrosis (Head and Face Sweating), Palmar Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Palms & Hands) and Axillary Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Armpits).
If you’re tired of soaked socks and neck-turning foot odour, we will be discussing a few tips to help you get rid of the sweat and stink. For your ease, we’ve separated these tips into three main categories. Prevention, Home Remedies, and Treatments.
Preventing Sweaty and Stinky Feet
Washing your feet daily or after wearing closed shoes for a long time is recommended. Remember to use antibacterial soap. Antiperspirant for Feet is another great way to stop excessive sweating. You can also make use of foot deodorant sprays to de-stink both your feet and shoes. Anti-Foot powder is also handy as if keeps your feet dry and fungus free. Alcohol wipes ability to close up your foot pores also temporarily reduces sweating. Sprinkling cornstarch on clean feet can absorb sweat and keep your feet sweat free and comfortable. Sprinkle some baking soda in your shoes after removing them to soak up the excess moisture. Taking your time to select the best shoes in terms of ventilation is important, breathable shoes allow for cool are to enter and sweat to leave. Last but not the least, wear sock whenever you have closed shoes on, make sure they are clean and dry also choose socks with breathable materials such as wool or bamboo.
Home Remedies for Sweaty and Stinky Feet
You can also make your own DIY home remedies for sweaty and stinky feet. Maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding processed, spicy and fatty foods will help reduce sweating. Soaking your feet in apple cider vinegar can help reduce sweat as it a natural astringent that tightens skin and closes pores. Soaking feet on Black or Sage tea is also advised since it offers astringent properties similar to apple cider vinegar. Exfoliating dead skin from your feet is another remedy for stinky feet since odour causing bacteria feed on this dead skin. Applying lemon juice to the soles of your feet before wearing shoes will reduce sweating as lemon works as a natural deodorant.
Sweaty Feet Treatment Options
There are clinically proven ways for treating sweaty feet. Clinical strength antiperspirants are a proven treatment for sweaty feet and hands. It works by closing up your sweat pores. If you are unlucky with antiperspirant you can try Iontophoresis treatment that uses electrical currents to push medication into the surface of the skin, this treatment has been around for over five decades. Botox injections have been known to temporarily block chemicals that are necessary for activating sweat glands, they work for only a few months and the procedure is repeated, this procedure is considerably painful.