Chances are, no one else has noticed your smelly feet. However, consistent foot odor, can take a toll on your confidence and distract you from the more important and enjoyable things in life. Decide now to improve your quality of living by getting rid of those smelly feet for good!
Keep reading for some tried-and-true ways to keep your feet clean and smelling fresh.
Wash your feet often and pay close attention to the skin between your toes. When it comes to washing, your feet should get as much attention, if not more, than the rest of your body. When you think about it your feet are exposed to more dirt and bacteria than the rest of your body, especially if you are wearing sandals. If you shower in the morning, give your feet a thorough scrub both during your shower and then on their own at the end of the day. If you shower at night, start your day with a refreshing foot bath to wash away any sweat or dead skin from the night. Mild soap and a washcloth are more than adequate, and a soft-bristled brush can get the areas around your toenails extra clean. It is always a good idea to wash your feet before getting into bed to keep your sheets clean.
Change your socks often. Dirty socks are a hotbed of bacteria that lead to odor. It’s a good practice to start the day with clean socks and change them at regular intervals to keep that bad smell at bay. Keep fresh socks handy for a change if you walk a lot or just find that your feet tend to start smelling foul after a few hours confined in your shoes. It is also important to wear socks with sneakers, boots, or any other closed toed shoe.
Clip your toenails. Dirt and bacteria love to hide under long, neglected toenails, and regular clipping and filing can alert you to discoloration, harmful sharp edges, and ingrown toenails, as well. Try to clip in a straight line instead of contouring around where the nail meets your skin. In addition, apply nail fungus treatment to your nails if you can see or smell a backup of bacteria.
Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight. This can cause a multitude of problems, including ingrown nails, blisters, and corns. The resulting infections will make you feel smell terrible, so be sure that your shoes are wide enough to let you wiggle your toes. The backs of your shoes should cradle your heels without rubbing.
Wear socks with closed-toed shoes. Socks will absorb perspiration and keep dirt from accumulating in the crevices of your sneakers, loafers, etc. If no air is circulating around your skin, you can bet that odor-causing sweat and bacteria are lurking. Socks will absorb that funk and prolong the life of your shoes.
Use anti-fungal sprays and deodorants. When all else fails, rely on the remedies offered to you by modern times. Over-the-counter treatments are abundant and inexpensive and can save you a lot of hassle and embarrassment. Incorporating one of these into your daily routine will make a big difference.
Finally, consider the benefits of a regular foot soak. Beyond a simple wash and scrub, a soak with essential oils or another fragrance will be an enjoyable indulgence that helps you relax while keeping odors away.