So my feet start to sweat and i tried all kinds of remidies and by the way im 17 years old. When i go to school my feet start sweating and it smell so bad even with my shoes on. Plus i wash my feet everyday with anti-bacterial soap.Its embarrassing that no one want to sit close to me. I just bought new shoes too n the smell still the same. Can anyone help me. please and thank you
Need help and opinion about why my feet stink with shoes on?
- 20 Apr 2012 by Alfon
- 13 February 2019
You poor kid! That is embarrasing isnt it? Washing your feet every day is a good start. You may need to wash them twice a day. Do you wear socks with your shoes? It is best to wear absorbent cotton socks and use an odor absorbing powder on your feet, inside the socks AND shoes. There are several odor absorbing powders available at Walmart or the pharmacy by where they sell shoe inserts and athletes foot remedies. It also helps to buy good shoes with breathable materials like leather, rather than man made materials (and they are getting harder and harder to find) Never wear your shoes without socks because this allows dead cells to shed inside your shoes and cause them to stink. If you have tried all these remedies and they are not working, get yourself an appt with a podiatrist. A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist and they will be able to help you. they may have prescription strength deoderants.
There is also a possiblity, if nothing else works, to do some injections to help kill the sweat glands in your feet so they stop producing stinky sweat. Good Luck! I hope you find something that works! My nephew has the stinkiest feet I've ever smelled and he has had this problem all his life, so has his dad, who is my brother, but my nephews are worse!! He thinks it is funny though and seems to enjoy grossing people out with his stinky feet! I guess if you cant beat it, you have to find the humor in it! Hang in there Alfon! Go see a podiatrist!
So sorry to hear your problem. How embarrassing especially in high school. DZoo gave you an excellent answer, I just want to add one thing. Please don't waste your money on those toxic removal things from Japan, that are supposed to remove any toxins from your body/feet while you sleep. They are a waste of money, and consumer groups are trying to get them off of the market, because they are basically ripping everyone off who pay for them..Yes if you use them, they will smell bad and have a dark coloring on them in the morning. It is merely a chemical reaction, NOTHING MORE. So please, listen to Dzoo, try antiperspirant and mentholated gold bond powder in the meantime, and see a podiatrist. But PLEASE don't waste your money on those. another idea is Dr. Schools have an absorbent insert with charcoal on the bottom also. Best of luck to you. We all had to go through high school too.
Alfon, I feel your pain! My daughter had the stinkiest feet and shoes in the history of mankind... believe me, we lived with it! Along with the foot powder, I also put Odor Eater inserts in her shoes. Worked like a charm. She could even kick her shoes off at a friend's house without embarrassment. The generic brand of inserts worked as well, in case cost is an issue. We also used to set her shoes outside on a sunny day and just let them air out and dry. Don't let yourself get totally embarrassed by this - you're not the first person with this problem and you definitely won't be the last! Good luck!
Hi, I have the exact same problem, I've tried everything out there, STILL no improvement. I wonder after two years how did it go for you alfon ? I've been suffering with stinky feet with or without shoes for years, I'm just sick tired of this, I cant sit beside people, even sometimes nobody want to sit beside me. I really need help and suggestion, been to a podiatrist as well, didnt help at all ! WHAT SHOULD I DO?
I lived with this for years... I'm close to 70. I read an article a few years back in Readers Digest, I believe. I tried it and it worked.
6-8 black tea bags (like Lipton's)
boil for 20 minutes in quart of
Take off the stove and let it sit
until completely cool
Remove the tea bags when cool
Soak your feet for 20 minutes
then pat dry
Repeat 2-3 times per week or as needed
There is something in the black tea that is released when it's boiled for that long and then cooled. I'm thinking it's the tannin but I may be wrong. Try it and see if it works. You may have to do it 2 or 3 times for it to start working. Good luck!
I have had stinky feet all my life. My wife suggested wearing sandals, like Chacos or Tevas, which was a practical suggestion since we live in Arizona. But rather than keep my feet from getting all sweaty, the footbed accumulated this black gunk in the creases which I have to scrub out, or throw the sandals in the washing machine. (The footbeds are a rubber-like material.) It wasn't until I bought a pair of sandals with a leather footbed that I realized my feet don't stink in leather shoes. At all. I had never noticed this with regular leather shoes (e.g. dress shoes) because I have never really worn them for an extended period, only a day at a time or so. But now I just make sure any shoes I buy have leather uppers (inside and out), or a leather footbed if sandals, and I'm good to go. No stink. It's amazing. Don't know why, but it works like a charm.
I've had the problem of severe foot odor even with shoes on and have recently managed to control it after 3 long and embarassing years that almost drove me into depression and social isolation. There's no magic solution or product, or at least i have not found any, but you can drastically reduce even severe foot odor if your approach is as scientific as possible. Here are my suggestions:
1) Get a diagnosis for plantar hyperhidrosis from a podiatry clinic so you know what the cause for your problem is. Tell them to take a sample from your skin for bacteria analysis if possible.
2) Kill bacteria with strong anti-bacterial substances such as boric acid or manuka oil (research indicates its 10 times more effective at killing odor-causing bacteria than black tea acid). Gehwol foot deodorant cream worked great for me, if you cant find it in your country (i live in Greece) then look for a deodorant with at least 40% manuka oil contentrate. Do not get discouraged if you dont see immediate results, i saw an improvement only after 2 weeks of daily use.
3) Decrease foot sweating by using an antiperspirant rich in aluminium and also take oxibutynin pills, or any other anti-cholinergic medication. Google it to learn more about its anti-sweating effects.
4) Disinfect your shoes once per week with alcohol and bleach.
5) Keep following the very basic rules of preventing smelly feet (rotating shoes, anti-bacterial soap, breathable shoes & socks, powders, odor inserts etc) that you can find everywhere in the internet. They wont solve the problem but they certainly help.
I hope this helps! My feet can still get a bit smelly after a long day at the office, but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be.
Odors are caused by reactions of the bacteria/fungi present on the foot. These organisms live in moist places, hence they will be especially problematic on sweaty feet. So I believe the key is in making the feet as dry as possible.
We do make an insole for keeping feet dry, you may wish to try it, its called meshpro insoles on amazon. They are basically a nylon polyester open mesh insole with huge air spaces in a mesh to promote maximum air circulation. If it doesn't help you can always return it. I would be interested to hear if it works for your particular severe problem. If you live outside the USA tell me, I will send you a pair free of charge.
My shoes smell just as you described but my feet don't smell . I tried putting deodorant on my shoes using antiperspirants and even putting my feet in a ziplock bag so literally no sweat gets on the shoe but it still smells and I don't know what to do.What helped was putting a deodorant gel on the whole outside of the shoe by rubbing it on with my fingers. Did you try what "afterlife " mentioned in the comments I think it might work? I had this for a year now and I can't take it.
Hi Alfon and everybody, last year in summer the exact same problem happened to me now it's one year since it first started.Same symptoms my feet smell with shoes on that I feel like chopping them off I am really lost and depressed :(
Have you found any solutions yet?
Ok let me drop this load.
I am a barefoot kinda guy, first off.
I spend a lot of time in the country, I don't wear shoes during the summer months (if I have to go in a store etc.. I wear plastic sandals... ) =zero foot odor
During the winter though, oh gawd!
I put on a brand new pair of shoes and socks and by the end of the day there was a cloud following me that smelled of death.
In a few weeks I've tried 3 new pairs of shoes, they all reek within 24 hours. .
I've tried washing, cleaning, powder, deodorant etc...
My hands and feet sweat a lot.
The only way my feet don't stank is by breathing. I'm not talkin vented tennis shoes... I'm saying no shoes.
I understand this isn't a practical solution but it does work for me, going barefoot =no odor
I am not sure if someone will read this or not but i was in the same situation where i have plantar hyperhidrosis and people could smell my foot odor 20 feet away. First i went to a dermatologist to treat my excessive sweating, so i got botox done but botox didn't help me at all after the botox, i was prescribed robinul and unfortunately sweating continued. The sweating for me is not a problem, it is the smellbthat was the problem so i stopped worrying about the sweat and started focusing on the odor. I was prescribed drysol to apply every night, i startrd using that and unfortunately that didn't work for me either. I still apply drysol every night but i started using zinc 50 mg tablets from cvs pharmacy and also started applying zinc oxide 20% cream from cvs.
I onlybused it for a week and the odor is completely gone, i have been to multiple different podiatrist to smell my feet and they all said that i dont have the foot odor anymore. One thing to consider is that their is also something called olfactory reference syndrome, first make sure that you don't have this syndrome as either i really didn't have the foot odor and i was precieving i did or i did have it and i don't have it anymore. I have had multiple family and friends who have smelled my foot and slso my shoes to make sure there is c absolutely no odor and tgese are people with very sensitive noses. I have one final (2nd popodiatrist) to see on tuesday
and if he can confirm that i have no foot odor than i should be good to go. One thing when i had my family and friends smell my shoes, i actually wore the same v shoes c and socks for 2 days in a row and they v still confirmed no odor
Hello guys Im really thankful and amaze how all of you guys come along and answer my question. My last response was 2014 and it was 3 years ago and nothing changes with my problem and it still the same. It have been 5 years and everyday and every night I think about it in my sleep of how embarassed I am meeting new people. I have a job and I go to school ( mostly online class ). And Yes i gave up because I tried everything and not think about what other people says or think about me and how I smell even though I shower everyday and take care of my feet. I been to a doctor but not a dermatologist because its too expensive and I cant afford a visit with them. Anyways the past week I thought about it and thinking about it 24/7 and i research a lot about it every night and I think I FOUND my problem. I think I have a PLANTAR BROMHIDROSIS.
DOES ANYBODY HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AND PLEASE TELL ME HOW YOU TREATED IT AND DID IT GO AWAY? I know its part of sweating alot called Hyperhidrosis and 3 years ago the doctor gave me a prescription of the sweating and tried it but it never worked cause it still smells so foul. THANK YOU GUYS FOR ALL YOUR HELP THIS COMMUNITY GIVE ME HOPE AND I WISH I COULD JUST FIX MY FEET FOUL ODOR SMELL PROBLEM.
I believe I have the answer to your problem and it is only because of first hand experience why I am able to suspect that you and some of the other posters here might be suffering from a very rare disorder or delusion. Please read with an open mind because I too was VERY skeptical and doubtful about this in the beginning. Some of the other posters may actually have some type of foot odor condition and so the following information does not apply to them. This post will be split in two (the second part will be placed as a response to the first) since it’s too long to be a single post.
I think you may have what is called Olfactory Reference Syndrome. Olfactory Reference Syndrome (ORS) is a condition whereby an individual is chronically obsessed with the belief that they emit an offensive body odor which the individual confirms based on the perceived reactions of others and leads to abnormal social behavior. I will post links to research papers below and you should especially focus on the clinical case/report sections. But PLEASE read everything, knowledge is power and you will get a better grasp of the condition. The experience might be very similar to yours as it was to mine. Like you, I had eventually concluded that I might have Plantar Bromhidrosis but I realized later that that was not the case. I had all the symptoms you guys have described: smelly feet with or without shoes, smell could be detected from a distance, depression, socially withdrawn, anxiety, tried every possible solution, etc.
Sometimes, and I am not sure why, but our brains will force us to believe that something is real even by stimulating our senses to make us think that we smell, see or hear things that are not real. I have strong reason to believe that you have absolutely NO persistent, foul-smelling feet odor and that it is all made up in your mind. The sooner you realize this, the earlier you can seek help or treatment and save yourself many years of unnecessary suffering. I endured this condition or delusion for 9 years! From age 14 to 23. Years that I will never get back. I suffered from this dreadful thing called ORS and even after I discovered my condition it was hard for me to let go of it. But in time, you will get back to normal as long as you stay positive and keep assuring yourself that there is NO smell.
People around you may seem like they are avoiding you or are disgusted by you but remember that this is an assumption that you are making in your head. You most likely have never gotten CONCRETE PROOF that you actually do have a constant foul foot odor. It is all made up in your mind because you choose to analyze things only from your perspective. I have reasoned that maybe it began when a person had a severe case of anxiety at the same time with an incident where there was actually a bad smell coming from the person. Thus, due to the humiliation, the person was left traumatized and a false notion of having a bad odor was planted in the mind even after the initial bad smell was long gone. Due to ORS, whenever I was in the presence of other people I was constantly anxious and concerned that they could smell my “awful feet odor”. I took anything as a sign that they could smell it and were disgusted by it to confirm my false beliefs. For example, people rubbing their noses, people sneezing, people putting their hands over their noses, someone moving to another seat, people choosing to sit somewhere away from me, people looking down and making facial expressions of disgust, etc. But in fact, I had NO certainty about any of these assumptions I was making, NO way to actually prove without a doubt that they were in fact behaving this way in response to a bad smell coming from me. NONE OF IT WAS REAL. It was only real in my mind because I was so fearful of it being true that I looked for ways to justify it.
For whatever reason I can't post the second part of my answer. However, of you add me to your friend list I can send you my complete answer. All the best.
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