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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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Dealing with Stinky Feet? 10 Natural Home Remedies to Alleviate Odor

Stinky feet — or “bromhidrosis” — is a medical condition resulting from the combination of perspiration and bacteria. Additional factors include moist socks, dead skin, and trapping the feet inside shoes all day long. Not everyone is as proud of clearing a room with their feet, as this young girl who was recognized in the Odor-Eaters “Hall of Fumes.” Here are a few natural home remedies to treat smelly feet and shoes.

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Are smelly feet ruining your social life? Try these 10 natural foot odor treatments.
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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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SteriShoe: Your Shoes’ New Best Friend

We rarely think twice about throwing a pair of sweaty socks into the wash. But what about our shoes? Surely foot sweat and odor doesn’t end with our knit friends. The barriers between foot, sock, shoe, and environment are thinner than we imagine. Shoe Care Innovations presents a safe, clinically-proven method of sanitizing the inside of your shoes with the SteriShoe sanitizer. This groundbreaking product is recommended by over 1,000 podiatrists and has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance. If you’ve ever wanted a better way to clean your shoes and protect yourself from germs, read on to learn more!

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Inserting sanitization devices into your shoes for 45 minutes a day can kill 99.9% of the pathogens dwelling there.
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