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Dreadful Foot Doctor Topics: Dealing with Sweaty, Smelly Feet

Today we wrap up our three-part series on “embarrassing foot problems people hate to discuss with their doctors” with a foe perhaps more humiliating than toenail fungus and athlete’s foot: sweaty, smelly feet! While there are several potential reasons why your feet may smell worse than other people’s, one common cause is excessive sweating. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, less than 40% of the people with this problem seek medical care for it. We are conditioned by society to feel that foot odor is a biological problem that we’re born with, when in reality, it can be addressed medically.

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Do your feet smell worse than other people’s? You can address that condition by visiting a podiatrist.
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Not Your Typical Stink: 3 Causes of Abnormally Awful Foot Odor

Everyone walking around in socks and boots in the hot summer sun all day will have some degree of foot odor. Yet, there are some feet that are so pungent, there must be some underlying medical condition responsible for the extreme scent. Often times, changing the type of socks or shoes you wear and improving your hygiene habits can go a long way in clearing up a foot odor problem. But there are, in fact, a few medical conditions that make some feet smellier than others.

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Do you or someone you know have an alarming amount of foot odor? It could be a sign of trouble.
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April Showers: 7 Remedies for Drying Your Rain-Soaked, Smelly Shoes

Spring is officially here! You know what that means… wet, smelly shoes! They say “April showers bring May flowers,” which is great and all, but it also brings foot fungus if you walk around in perpetually wet shoes. Even if your shoes feel somewhat dry on the inside, podiatrists recommend alternating shoes every other day to allow for complete drying.

Yet, not everyone has that kind of time to wait around —  or the luxury of having multiple pairs of shoes. So what’s the fastest way to dry your wet shoes and prevent fungal infections? The makers of the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer have a few ideas.

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Spring is a time for wet shoes — and foot fungus!
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Foot Odor for the Win? 12-Year-Old Awarded $2,500 for Her Smelly Shoes

Foot odor is an annoying, embarrassing problem for some people. But imagine if someone paid you $2,500 for your smelly feet and shoes. That’s just what happened to 12-year-old Jordan Armstrong of Las Cruces, New Mexico, when she won this year’s National Rotten Sneaker Contest sponsored by Odor-Eaters. The competition was held in New York at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Times Square, where judges had the misfortune of assessing seven pairs of finalist shoes for odor and overall griminess.

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Jordan Armstrong won the 2014 Rotten Sneaker Contest sponsored by Odor-Eaters.
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The Importance of Close Examination: 7 Signs Your Feet May Be in Trouble

When was the last time you looked at your feet? We’re not just talking about noticing that your toenail polish could use replacing — but rather, when was the last time you really examined your feet from top to bottom? You can think of the feet as a snapshot of your total body health. If you have some sort of systemic problem going on, the signs could manifest in your feet. They also act as fortune tellers, revealing what might happen if you don’t take a minute to pamper them right away! In this article, we’ll discuss a few signs you might look for as an indication of your overall health.

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Have you taken the time to really look at your feet today? Image Source: footexpress.com

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Tackling the Dress Shoe Blues: Home Remedies for Smelly Feet

Smelly feet are not just a problem faced by adolescents. It’s an embarrassing issue that can stalk people well into adulthood. The situation becomes compounded when adults are trapped in dress shoes and office environments where foot odor is harder to conceal. Rather than spend a fortune on various products, many people would rather seek easy home remedies for smelly feet.

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Are your dress socks and shoes stinking out your coworkers?
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Get Embarrassing Foot Odor Under Control: Which Foot Deodorant Option is Right for You?

Lifehacker article recently suggested placing stinky shoes in the freezer to neutralize odor. One reader reported, “I put my shoes in my deep-freeze freezer as soon as this article posted. I took them out about 3 hours ago…. At first, they didn’t stink. After wearing my shoes now for about 3 hours, the stink has returned to the pre-freezer level. *sigh* I was sooo hoping it would work!”

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Don’t think that putting your stinky shoes in the freezer is going to cut it.
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This doesn’t surprise us in the least. Shoe odor is caused by two things: bacteria and sweat. Sure, the freezer discourages bacteria from multiplying — for the time being — but once bacteria reaches room temperature, the effects end. Freezing food doesn’t kill E.coli and other bacteria, reports NPR, so why would it work against shoe odor?

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Study Reveals People Cooperate Better If You Have Smelly Feet

When I was in elementary school, there was a girl in our class who had the worst body odor. It was so offensive that the boys squirmed in their chairs or tried to move seats to get away from her. The girls wrote mercilessly mean notes about it, dreaming up all sorts of nicknames for this poor individual. My experience has been that people with smelly feet and armpits do not tend to be the ones with the most friends. However, researchers at KU Leuven in Belgium have found that body odor triggers feelings of concern in others and leads to more cooperation.

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Do stinky shirts and stinky feet lead to better cooperation? Researchers think, in small doses, it just might. Image Source: LaughingSquid.com

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Nostrovia! Using Vodka to Cure Stinky Feet (and Not Just Your Ability to Tolerate It)

Certain foods and drinks have been associated with increased sweating and a very distinct body odor — curry and vodka, for example. So it’s strange to hear people claim that vodka, of all things, can have the opposite effect on stinky feet and armpits.  Joan Rivers once said, “I always spray my costumes with vodka and water. It’s an old Broadway trick — two-thirds water and one-third vodka… spray your armpits and you’ll never smell again.”

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Some say vodka can cure foot odor. Image Source: LotOfLaughters.com

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Get the Best Sweat-Wicking Socks To Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Strutting around town in the wrong type of sock is asking for trouble. We’re not talking about crew socks or toe socks here, but rather, the type of socks that cling to sweaty feet and trap hot humidity inside your footwear. According to Health Central“Wearing poorly ventilated shoes and socks that harbor perspiration provide an ideal breeding ground for the germs that quickly multiply to cause athlete’s foot.”

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If you suffer from athlete’s foot, your sock choice becomes crucial. Image Source: EastBayWellness.com

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