Smelly feet can be a real problem for anyone dealing with a foot fungus like Athlete’s Foot. Despite its name, Athlete’s Foot is a condition that can affect anyone and develops whenever someone wears their shoes for a prolonged period of time. When a person wears their shoes all the time and doesn’t change their socks frequently, the sweat from the person’s feet can build up and serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. This condition causes itching, raw skin, peeling, and foot odor. While Athlete’s Foot is curable, it can be difficult to treat, so it’s best to avoid getting it in the first place. This guide will give you a few ways to avoid getting Athlete’s Foot as well ways to get rid of it if you’ve already become its victim.
Change Socks Frequently
The most important thing you should do to avoid getting Athlete’s Foot is to change your socks frequently. After you wear your socks for a long day at work, school, or home, the sweat that your feet has produced from walking around gets soaked into your socks. If you keep wearing the same socks, then you are just re-wearing all of that sweat and adding new sweat to it, which invites Athlete’s Foot and other foot conditions. To avoid getting these diseases, change your socks at least once a day and always put on a fresh pair.
Wash Your Feet
In addition to changing your socks frequently, you need to wash your feet as much as possible to get the excess sweat off of your feet. Even though you can’t see it, the sweat forms a layer of bacteria-infested crud on your feet that welcomes foot conditions like Athlete’s Foot. By washing your feet every day, you can remove this excess sweat and avoid these diseases altogether. If you already have a foot condition, you may need to wash your feet with a specially formulated soap and/or brush your feet with a dedicated brush to remove any bacteria.
While you don’t need to wash your shoes as often as you need to wash your feet, it is advisable to wash your shoes at least once a month, if not more often than that. This is important because excess sweat that has been absorbed into your socks can be soaked into your shoes and re-contaminates your fresh socks and, inevitably, your feet even if you are taking other precautions to keep your feet clean. Most shoes can be washed in a standard washer and dryer with typical laundry detergent.
If you already have a foot fungus or condition, such as Athlete’s Foot, you’ll need to take measures to kill the existing bacteria before you re-infect your socks and shoes. Athlete’s Foot can usually be treated by soaking your feet in vinegar and rubbing it on the inside of your shoes before washing them. However, other foot conditions may require more potent antibiotics, so you’ll need to make an appointment with a specialist if home remedies don’t do the trick.
By: Kole for Spenco Blister Care