Foot Odor...How about you?

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    Apr 10, 2014 2:04 AM GMT
    Foot Odor: Anyone have it and what do you use to control it? My friend has it and we were chatting about how to control it. Not sure you can ever get rid of it. I know there are sprays and powders, which he's used, but what he's used doesn't seem to work for him.

    Anyone know of anything they've used or heard of that has worked? Anything that will help for the long term also?
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:08 AM GMT
    It comes down to two things..
    - Hygiene
    - Footwear

    Does he wash his feet when he showers? Does he change his socks everyday? Does he have weird shoes that don't "breathe"?
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:29 AM GMT
    And when you wash your feet you need to work your soapy fingers through your toes. Every day.

    I mentioned in a recent sock thread that in the winter, at home I wear heavy wool boot socks with my slippers. Whenever I take them off I always turn them inside out and press them against my nose to see if they're getting stinky; they never do. And they're invariably damp from my sweat so they've certainly got the juice to get stinky. I can wear the same socks at home for weeks, although I usually change them after 1 week, or whenever I feel like it. And being retired, this means that I'm wearing these for many hours a day.

    I don't use powder or anything else. And my slippers are those wool shearling things, so virtually no ventilation.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    xrichx saidIt comes down to two things..
    - Hygiene
    - Footwear
    Does he wash his feet when he showers? Does he change his socks everyday? Does he have weird shoes that don't "breathe"?

    These are some of the same questions I ask him. He says he showers daily, wears new socks and has several pairs of shoes he wears, which should eliminate any single shoe breathing problem. I know he even wears canvas shoes like Converse on occasion because I've seen them.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:31 AM GMT
    Isn't that usually caused by fungus?
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:32 AM GMT
    Scrub brush and Lava soap. icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:32 AM GMT
    Try synthetic blend socks. It will help wick away moisture from his feet.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:33 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidAnd when you wash your feet you need to work your soapy fingers through your toes. Every day.

    So do you attribute the lack of odor to washing your feet well, including between the toes?
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:34 AM GMT
    xrichx saidTry synthetic blend socks. It will help wick away moisture from his feet.
    I'll ask him if he's tried this, if not, maybe he can do that.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:35 AM GMT
    Anything is possible. Could be toe jam, dead skin cells between toes, bacteria. Maybe try washing the feet with an antibacterial soap like Dial.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    eb925guy said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidAnd when you wash your feet you need to work your soapy fingers through your toes. Every day.

    So do you attribute the lack of odor to washing your feet well, including between the toes?

    Probably. I've done it that way all my life.

    I don't know if you remember my "do you wash your feet" thread but some people consider taking a shower and only washing their upper body, and possibly their legs, as proper hygiene. Possibly he's not working the soap all over his feet and through his toes with his hands. You could clarify this with him. When he says he's washing his feet he could be thinking of the water running off his legs onto them as "washing" them.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:44 AM GMT
    Synthetics are nothing more than plastic spun into fibers and woven or knit. Other than marketing I don't know why people think they're better than natural fibers. Wool keeps you warmer even when it gets wet. I could rant all day; I didn't realize how superior wool was until I started knitting. The knitting world abounds with us wool snobs.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:48 AM GMT
    How much water do you drink daily?
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    Water + Soap + Wash Cloth, between the toes, every day.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    eb925guy said
    Lumpyoatmeal said...some people consider taking a shower and only washing their upper body, and possibly their legs, as proper hygiene. Possibly he's not working the soap all over his feet and through his toes with his hands. You could clarify this with him. When he says he's washing his feet he could be thinking of the water running off his legs onto them as "washing" them.


    I'll check with him and make sure he's actually washing his feet with soap! Thanks.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:54 AM GMT
    eb925guy said
    xrichx saidIt comes down to two things..
    - Hygiene
    - Footwear
    Does he wash his feet when he showers? Does he change his socks everyday? Does he have weird shoes that don't "breathe"?

    These are some of the same questions I ask him. He says he showers daily, wears new socks and has several pairs of shoes he wears, which should eliminate any single shoe breathing problem. I know he even wears canvas shoes like Converse on occasion because I've seen them.



    Does he just let the water from the shower hit his feet, or does he actually wash between his toes, using soap and a wash cloth ?
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:54 AM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidHow much water do you drink daily?

    For my friend and I'm not sure. I'm guessing at least the average most guys drink.
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    Apr 10, 2014 2:56 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidDoes he just let the water from the shower hit his feet, or does he actually wash between his toes, using soap and a wash cloth ?

    I'll check with him. Seems that washing well is a major factor so I'll check with him for sure. Thanks!
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    Apr 10, 2014 3:04 AM GMT
    And who knows, maybe my joke about Lava soap wasn't far off; he could try using that on his feet if he is using his hands or a wash cloth on his feet.
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    Apr 10, 2014 9:26 AM GMT
    Try Crocs? :3
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    Apr 10, 2014 10:40 AM GMT
    All the replies offer some great suggestions. Wash your feet everyday with a nice body wash, I prefer Irish Spring, not the soap but the body wash. Dry your feet thoroughly and use a nice foot powder be sure to get some powder between your toes, clean fresh socks everyday and some comfortable shoes that breathe. All the best!
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    Apr 10, 2014 10:54 AM GMT
    I don't suffer this affliction unless I've been working my arse off all day and my feet are sweaty as hell and then it just smells like.. like I've been working my arse off all day.. actually it's kinda like old shoes haha
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    Apr 10, 2014 12:10 PM GMT
    If my bf complained about such a thing as foot odor i'd probably just start laughing. Unless he has some sort of foot fetish, I don't see any reason to take this complaint seriously.
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    Apr 10, 2014 12:54 PM GMT
    I have a foot odor problem, and it runs in my immediate family, so I think body chemistry and diet may be factors. But agree about:

    - rotate wearing footwear, don't wear the same thing day after day
    - buy footwear that breathes
    - store shoes in a well-ventilated area, not under piles of closet junk
    - loosen laces and pull the tongues open when not worn
    - wear open sandals whenever possible
    - change socks daily (except go sockless with sandals)
    - wash feet with soap or even dish detergent
    - use medicated, odor-control foot powder
    - try some FabrezeĀ® sports formula odor neutralizer spray inside footwear (let dry before wearing)

    To help with foot washing when showering I plug the tub or stall, let the water cover my feet with the mix of shampoo and body soap. Because some shower stalls don't have a drain plug I use a 5-inch-wide rubber disk, that you can buy in the housewares section, intended to plug kitchen sinks.

    I carry one in my luggage for travel use. The water never gets high enough to go over the shower stall curb, but you need to beware of possible added slipperiness without a rubber mat. Total soapy immersion for several minutes really seems to cut down my foot odor.
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    Apr 10, 2014 3:13 PM GMT
    Wow, awesome advice guys! I'll probably see my friend tonight and will show him some of the replies. I'm sure he's doing some of these things but perhaps not to the extent indicated and maybe it will invigorate him to try more of them. Again, thanks! This is a BIG help.