Sweaty feet can be an embarrassing problem to face. It’s not something we like to talk about much. You may have experienced this yourself or been in the vicinity with someone who has this issue. It is not the best of smells. But luckily for you, I have put together some tips to help you fix this.
Sweaty feet can be due to the condition hyperhidrosis. A large population of the world faces this problem. It is unfortunate and cannot just be masked with antiperspirant or deodorant like you would with body odor. There are other tricks you can take into consideration.
Just like any other part of our body, the feet also have sweat glands.
Did you know…..
Our feet have around 250,000 sweat glands.
That’s more sweat glands per inch than any other part on our body.
So you know why our shoes can smell pretty bad. The reason we sweat is to help cool down. Our brain sends signals to the body when it is getting too hot and so we end up sweating. The feet alone are capable of producing up to half a pint of sweat every day. That’s a lot. So if you do experience sweaty feet then it’s clear that your feet are getting too hot. Well, how can we manage this?
There are few things we can do to help reduce the sweat and help reduce the smell.
Here are some of the best tips I have come across to help sweaty feet.
This is common sense and pretty simple to incorporate into your life. Wash your feet at least twice a day in the morning and before you go to sleep. This will help get rid of the sweat build up throughout the day and have your feet feeling fresh.
Try to use a scented antibacterial soap. to help give your feet a fresh scent. Don’t forget to dry them properly as you don’t want damp feet and it could lead to further sweating.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
You must know by now that apple cider vinegar can be used for a lot of home remedies. Now, you can also add this to the list.
Apple Cider Vinegar is great for our skin as it helps to bring our skins pH levels back to where they should be. It also has astringent qualities which help reduce your pore size and reduces oily skin. This all means a reduction in sweat.
So here’s how to use it?
Grab yourself a cotton ball and pour some Apple Cider Vinegar onto it. Now apply it on to your feet from the sole to the top of your foot to help reduce the chance of sweating. If you do this 2 times a week you will see a reduction in sweat build up.
You can also make a soak to really benefit your sweaty feet. Just grab yourself a container big enough for your feet and fill it up to 3 quarters full of some warm water. Then add half a cup or more of the Apple Cider Vinegar and place your feet in. Let them sit in there for 30 minutes. Once done remove them and wash them in cool water and towel dry. You can do this 2 times a week.
It really helps in reducing and eliminating bacteria of the foot. The bacteria is what tends to give our feet the funny smell, so if you can reduce this then you’re onto a winner.
This is another home remedy you can carry out. Exfoliating skin helps remove dead skills giving room for new ones to flourish. A lot of the sweat can be caused due to the build of bacteria and dead cells. The odor causing bacteria are huge fans of your dead skin cells on your feet. So it would be worthwhile to add this into your healthcare regimen.
After a shower, once your feet a dry and the skin is soft. Take a loofah or pumice stone and just scrub away at your feet to help get rid of those dead cells. You can do this up to 3 times a week.
This will really help in keeping your feet feeling brand new too.
4. Black Tea
Black tea has many benefits, one of them being that it is astringent. It also has the tannic acid chemical within it. This is great for sweating as it has a natural antiperspirant effect on the skin. It has been used by people who suffer sweaty hands too.
Hyperhidrosis can be effectively reduced with Black tea. All you need to do is boil some water and pour into a cup. Then place the tea bags and let them sit in there for up to 5 minutes. Once the 5 minutes are over remove the tea bags and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Now apply the cooled tea bags up onto the skin of your feet. Make sure to cover the full foot.
You can carry this procedure out a few times throughout the week. You should see some change in your smelly feet.
Some people also claim that drinking black tea can help. There’s no harm in trying this if you don’t mind drinking black tea.
Lemon juice is great for drinks and food, but they can also be used on your feet. If you do run out of deodorant you can use lemon as it has natural astringent properties.
So, every morning before putting your shoes on for work, try to squeeze a lemon and pour the juice onto a cotton ball. Once the ball is covered then rub it on your foot from the top to the soles. Cover the full foot, it will aid in the reduction of sweat. As lemon juice helps close the pores on our skin.
This is a tip you would need to keep on top of regularly to see any significant changes.
6. Alcohol Wipes
These are used to clean a variety of areas on our body. But they can also be used on your feet. This is a quick prevention method. After a long day, you should wipe down your feet with these wipes.
They have great cleaning abilities and are ideal if you don’t end p in the shower as soon as you take your shoes off. You can also add this to your daily routine whenever you feel as though the sweat has built up too much. Just take a wipe and give them a good clean. Try doing this before you put on your sock and shoes. It should give you a cleaner fresher feel.
It might be a good idea to carry them around with you every day.
7. Baby Powder
This is not only used for babies. We as adults can also use this to help us in many areas of our body. So, let’s add this to our feet.
Powders are great at drying out the skin, as the particles absorb all the moisture found on the surface. Giving no room for bacteria or fungus time to grow and develop in this damp and humid areas.
Simply sprinkle some on your feet before you put some socks on and after you have a shower. But leave it on, do not go and wash it off.
It’s a prevention technique that many people vouch for. Not only will it absorb the sweat but it will leave a scent which is far better than the smelly foot stench.
However, if you want something more specific for feet, then there’s also this anti-fungal foot powder. Which will essentially do the same thing but is specifically made for your feet.
This always plays a huge part in the body’s well being. It’s no different for the feet either. A varied healthy diet is key to help reduce sweating.
Try to avoid foods that don’t agree with you or are; processed, fatty and spicy. A reduction in these foods will reduce the amount you sweat. And also reduce the bad odor coming from your sweat. So this is key.
You should drink more water every day and reduce caffeine intake. The average adult man should be drinking up to 3.7 liters a day and 2.7 liters for the average adult female. So ask yourself, are you drinking enough?
Regular exercise will also be beneficial as it helps reduce stress and it is believed that stress is related to sweating. So get out there and go do your body some good.
You might think …hold on, aren’t socks just socks. Well no, because the type of socks you wear actually matter.
As you already know you should be wearing socks when putting on a pair of shoes. But how long are you wearing them for? How often are they being washed? What materials are they made from?
These are all valid questions you should be asking yourself. Because let me tell you, that you should only be wearing clean socks first and foremost.
Do not wear the same pair two days in a row, they may seem clean from the exterior but trust me. On the inside its a whole different ball game, there will be a lot of bacteria and dead skin cells with some sort of foot stench in them.
Try to avoid cotton socks as they will tend to warm your feet up quicker than others making your feet sweat far quicker then they should be. Natural or acrylic fiber blends would be better. For those who suffer from hyperhidrosis, it is better if you wear a pair of moisture wicking socks that are breathable.
Just like how we use these for our underarms, we can use them for our feet too. At the end of the day, it is body odor, so this will help reduce the sweat.
Every day after you shower or slip on a pair of socks spray this on to your feet. It will work for sure just like how it works for our body odor. It will help reduce the sweating and mask the bad odor.
However, there are also special antiperspirants for your feet too. These will do the same as a normal one but if you feel the need to buy something more specific with added bacteria killers then you can go for something like this.
This may seem a bit strange, but cornstarch has the ability to absorb moisture. So why not use it on our feet.
It is ideal as it will help in absorbing sweat, which will allow you to keep your feet dry to be able to carry out your daily tasks with ease. It is a great home prevention technique and you may have this at home. So consider this if you do not have baby powder as it essentially does the same thing.
Sprinkle some cornstarch to your clean feet and allow your feet to rest for a few moments whilst the starch does what it needs to. Then slip on your footwear or socks to tackle your day ahead.
12. The Right Shoes
As mentioned earlier in one of our posts, it is important to wear the right shoes for the climate.
You will need a lightweight breathable shoe in the summer months. This is when the suns at its hottest and you know how sweaty our feet can get. So if you can get an open top shoe then do as it help your feet breathe. In these months our whole body needs to breathe.
Try to stick to something lightweight and something that has sufficient amount of holes to allow your feet to cool down. do not go for something that looks fancy in leather and plastic. Its a recipe for a pool of sweat. I don’t think you want that. So stay clear and choose the right shoes.
13. Rest Your Shoes
This is one of the simplest fixes. After wearing shoes over and over for long periods. Bacteria and dead skin cells build up in the humid conditions. Giving your footwear a funky smell.
Your shoes deserve a rest from time to time. Even if you have super clean feet and slip on a pair of shoes that you wear every day they are bound to get smelly. Because there’s a lot of unwanted dirt on the inside which you haven’t tried to get rid of.
So give them a break and if you can then give them a wash.
Find yourself a good antibacterial soap. So when you do go to have a shower you have something that will get rid of all the unwanted bacteria build up on your foot.
During a normal day, your feet tend to touch the ground more than any other part of your body. So you will pick up a lot of unwanted dirt on your feet.
Having a good antibacterial soap will clear all the bad stuff giving you properly cleaned feet. You can also look at purchasing all natural bars of soaps which will further help your feet.
15. Coconut Oil
This is another item in our homes which has countless of benefits to our skin and hair. Lauric acid within the coconut oil helps eliminate all bacteria. We tend to get a lot of bacteria to build up on our feet so it is the perfect remedy.
Take a tablespoons worth of coconut oil and place it in your hands. then massage it on to your feet, make sure you don’t miss any bits. You can do this daily to help prevent sweating. Not only will it help the sweat but it will leave a beautiful aroma to your foot. I am a big fan of coconut.
So try to incorporate this into your daily cleaning regime.
Home Remedies are Great …But is There any Medicinal Options I Can Use?
Yes luckily for you there is. There are a few options which could potentially help. These are:
Botox (Botulinum Toxin)
As we all may know botox is commonly used for the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. But it has other benefits, it is great in reducing sweat.
This works by simply stopping the production of a chemical in the body which gives the signal to your sweat glands to produce sweat.
It is a temporary fix, by this I mean the effects will only last up to 4 months. Once the 4 months are over you would have to go for another round of treatment to keep your sweating feet at bay.
Do take this into consideration many people who have had it done have complained about the procedure is very painful. So if you’re not someone who is good with pain then this is not ideal for you.
It is an FDA approved medical treatment which you can get done if you want something serious. But it can become expensive very fast due to it not being a permanent fix.
There are some medications which the doctor could prescribe to you. This will help your hyperhidrosis. Names such as oxybutynin, benztropine, glycopyrrolate are just some of them.
The thing with taking these is that there are side effects that come with them. So now that you may have solved one issue you could end up with something more serious such as heart palpitations and blurry vision. I don’t know if this is worth it for you in the long run.
So make sure to consult with your doctor so they can give you both the positives and negatives. Allowing you to make a well-informed decision.
These are stronger than what you would find in the stores. They can be effective at treating foot sweat problems. They work just like a normal antiperspirant, however, they have been designed to be far more intense and stronger than the usual ones.
It is a great option if you want something like this.
This is a treatment which has been around since the 1940s. This is ideal for those of you who have tried prescription medicine and antiperspirants but found that they were just not effective. Because your case was far worse.
Iontophoresis treatment is where a weak electrical current passes through water and on to your skin. It isn’t painful as it sounds, but the patient may feel a slight tingle. It is one of the more safe treatments of hyperhidrosis.
The treatment takes around 30 minutes and has an average price of 500-950 USD. You can also do it at home if you have the equipment if you don’t then you could rent it. But it would set you back 100-150 USD per month.
Again this is not a permanent fix, you would have to go weekly for a treatment.
So if you are willing to keep your sweat away for another day then go ahead and try this.
If I Don’t Deal With My Sweaty Feet Can It Cause Other Problems?
Sweaty feet if left dirty can become a bigger issue. Leaving your feet all sweaty in the damp conditions like your shoes can lead to infections on the foot.
You can end up getting warts and blisters if you don’t take the time to wash your sweaty feet. As this is the perfect growing conditions for infections.
It can also lead to itchiness. Dry skin tends to be the culprit when looking and itchy skin. But dampness can also make your skin irritable and itchy. So clean your feet it’s beneficial for you.
It could even lead to athletes foot. However not directly, but it still can. Having unclean sweaty feet leads to having lingering bacteria on your foot. This makes your foot far more susceptible to catching this fungal infection. So wash your feet regularly you, your feet will be healthier for it.
You could be open to getting Trench foot too. Simply put this is caused by exposure to cold and wet conditions. Which eventually damages your nerves giving your poor blood circulation down there.
As your feet aren’t getting cleaned they are staying moist and damp very often. meaning if you were to step outside in the cold and get your foot drenched. And were unable to remove them for hours. Then you may be more likely to get this condition.
So do yourself a favor, just look after your feet as you do with any other part of your body. If you already have one problem then why are you wanting another one?
How Can I Prevent Sweaty Feet When I Wear My Shoes?
There are a few methods you can apply to help reduce this problem. Luckily for you, we have a full post written with all the details.
But just to name a few, you can wash your feet and shoes, put some baking soda onto them, use a deodorant and many more.
It’s essential to keep your shoes and feet clean so that the breeding ground for bacteria can be reduced.
Those are some of the best tips I have found and I do hope they help you in attacking your stinking feet. If you have any other better tips then please leave them in the comments for me to read.