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
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.
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
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