Summer is over, and though it may not be time to put the sandals away yet, it’s certainly time to start looking at your cold-weather shoes. Of course, if you struggle with foot odor, you may be reluctant to pull out your old, smelly footwear! Anyone who has trouble with smelly feet knows just how embarrassing and unpleasant the problem can be. Fortunately, some pretty simple home remedies can help cut the stink and sweeten your scent.
Keeping your feet clean is a key factor in reducing or eliminating your foot odor. Wash your feet thoroughly with warm water and gentle soap every day. Pat your feet completely dry afterwards. Certain foot soaks may help, too; they clean your feet and can discourage sweating. If you don’t have diabetes or other immune system-compromising conditions, try one of these relaxing remedies:
- Herbal – Boil water and pour it into a foot basin. Add a teaspoon of dried rosemary and one to two teaspoons of dried sage. Let them steep as the water cools. Once it is cool enough to put your feet in comfortably, soak your lower limbs for 30 minutes. Repeat daily.
- Baking soda and citrus – Put a quarter-cup of baking soda in your foot basin and pour eight cups of warm water over it. Squeeze in the juice from one lemon and mix the soak. Let your feet sit in it for 15-20 minutes. Repeat daily.
You can try putting antiperspirant deodorant on your feet as well. You may want to spray or powder your shoes, too. Baking soda is a low-cost alternative that can help eat the odor in your sneakers.
Your footwear choices do make a difference. Select moisture-wicking socks and change them daily—multiple times a day if you sweat heavily. Also, wear shoes that allow your feet to “breathe.” Mesh, canvas, and leather let air circulate instead of trapping heat like plastic does.
If you continue to have trouble with smelly feet, you may have a condition that causes you to sweat more than normal. You don’t have to be embarrassed by your foot odor. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help eliminate the bad scent. Request an appointment through the website, call, or fax our two offices: for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.