I have nice feet. Straight toes, no corns, no bunions. Lately, however, they developed a noticeable odor, or so my son informed me. Really? I checked it out. Oops! He was right.
WHY WE HAVE STINKY TOES
Bacteria grow on our feet, mostly between our toes. (Actually, bacteria grow all over our body, especially in moist places like palms, buttocks, nostrils.) Sweat makes bacteria very active—that’s because the more we sweat, the harder the bacteria have to work to rid themselves of the accumulating smelly wastes, such as body oils and dead skin. Other causes include changing hormones—especially during adolescence pregnancy, and menopause—and general stress, both of which tend to raise our body’s production of sweat. Finally, some people’s body odors change and may grow more intense as they age. (We’re not including athlete’s foot which is a contagious fungus that can generally be cured with anti-fungal cream.)
8 WAYS TO GET RID OF STINKY TOES
1. Wash inbetween the toes with antibacterial soap, every day.
2. At least once a week, exfoliate dead skin cells that bacteria like to feed on.
3. In the cooler months, wear socks, and change them every day.
4. Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Don’t wear plastic shoes; they don’t let your feet breathe.
5. Use an antibacterial or disinfecting spray on your shoe’s insole.
6. Switch your regular shoe insoles with odor-reducing or antibacterial insoles.
7. Try a 20-minute Epsom salts or vinegar soak in warm water.
8. Try using an underarm antiperspirant on the feet. You can also get a prescription from your doctor for an antiperspirant designed especially for feet.
• Iontophoresis: Delivers a mild electric current through water to reduce foot sweating.
• Botox: Medication is injected into the feet. (Note: Injections are quite painful and last only 3 to 4 months.)