How to Prevent Foot Odor

Foot odor is a socially embarrassing problem that can develop either due to pure negligence of self care or due to a disorder that produce more perspiration than usual.

The cause for the foot odor is the bacterial action over the collecting moisture in the foot, mainly the unexposed areas such as between the toes and under the nails. The extent to which the disorder is affecting a person could be contributed by several factors. These are,

1. Personal hygiene

2. Amount of perspiration

3. Collection of moisture in the foot

4. Humid and warm condition on the foot

5. Presence of bacteria in the foot

When considering the above factors, it is obvious that the footwear we use and the duration which we keep the foot covered plays a vital role in developing the foot odor. Based on these facts, we will discuss certain aspects of our day to day life which can be aligned with hygienic practices in order to prevent this condition from taking place.

1. Wash your feet at least once a day with an antibacterial soap or a liquid.

2. Dry the feet following washing or bathing and make an effort to dry the spaces between the toes.

3. Apply a powder or a spray to the feet which will have properties of antibacterial as well as deodorant and helps in making the area dry.

4. Wear shoes which are made from natural material such as leather or once that are designed to allow ventilation to the feet. The natural material will allow evaporation as well as absorption of the moisture that will assist in keeping the feet dry.

5. Change the shoes at least every other day if possible.

6. Wear socks which are made from cotton or wool which will be absorbing the moisture and help in keeping the feet dry.

7. Avoid wearing tightly fitting socks and shoes. Loosely fitting socks will enable the moisture to be absorbed as well as evaporate.

8. You should cut your toenails short and prevent any moisture getting accumulated underneath. It will also help in preventing fungus infections from developing in the warm and moist environment.

All the aspects which were described above are lifestyle changes which necessitate the motivation of the affected individual. If the problem persists, it may respond to the following treatment methods.

9. If there are signs of infections, seek advice from a medical professional in relieving the condition through medical treatment.

10. If the excessive sweating is troublesome and bothering your social activities, a surgeon can cut the nerve responsible and permanently prevent the sweating from taking place. It should be done after all possible alternatives have been tried and under the advice from a specialist doctor.