Stinky Feet

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by lgp, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    I am really serious. My 14 year old daughter dances in a dance company and her feet really stink. I've spoken to some of the other moms and it seems may of them have the same problem! It's gotten so bad that as soon as she takes her socks off, the cat starts to lick her feet as if he's stumbled across some big piece of cheese. We really need a remedy for this--it was actually her suggestion that I post. Her skin is very sensitive so I would prefer to use some type of natural solution. Would putting a little baking soda in her dance shoes help? she as ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, and tap shoes and I don't want to ruin the shoes, but we really need some relief. Just airing the shoes out hasn't helped. Help!!

  2. kjade

    kjade New Member

    I read somewhere once that a good thing to try is to put baking soda (plus something else - can't remember what) in the shoes and put them in the freezer overnight, and the smell would be gone. Why don't you try googling "remedy for stinky feet"? It must bring up something.

    They have sprays and powders too now for feet (I think made by Dr Scholls) - maybe those might help stop excessive sweat which would stop the smell? I have read too that it may be a hereditary problem.

    My dad had the smelliest feet ever!! I will ask him what he did (probably nothing!) Good luck to your poor daughter.
  3. Callum

    Callum New Member

    Way back in the day, before I was sick, I did a lot of musical theater. And women dancers, especially women who did ballet and point, had the same issue. As others have already said, bacteria and sweat mixing are the usual culprits, but for some reason CALLOUSES (sp?) exasperbate the issue. And, unfortunately, dancers need the callouses if they are dancing on point (lessens the pain).

    If your daughter is not dancing on point, I would recommend home pedicures to remove and soften the callouses along with the odor fighting methods mentioned here.

    Best of luck, Laura!


  4. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    I came across this on a home remedies page, and thought of you.

    Copied and pasted:
    Foot Odor: Be careful what you eat. As weird as it may sound, when you eat spicy or pungent food, the essence of these odors can be excreted through the sweat glands on your feet. So your feet can end up smelling like your lunch! A neat trick that Europeans do is to sprinkle the fragrant herb sage into their shoes to control odor. Maybe this will do the trick for you. Another thing is to change socks as frequently as possible. Even three or four times a day. Also, you can use an antiperspirant. A pretty effective trick to use is using a deodorant on your feet. You can buy foot deodorants, or even use your underarm deodorant. But, be aware, that deodorants do not stop perspiration. Also, don't use an antiperspirant if you have athlete's foot, because it will sting.
  5. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    I went online and found the usual suggestions:

    tannic acid for soaking feet in room temperature tea daily for first week, then weekly

    tea tree oil applied with cotton ball and wear socks at night.

    white poweder type antiperspirant like arm and hammer on soles of feet before putting socks on.

    OK. I'm including the web site for the other suggestion. It is a little gross. I looked on to make sure it wasn't some goofball whacky thing. The stinky feet suggestion was not on there.

    So here is the web address.
    [This Message was Edited on 04/03/2008]
  6. skikat

    skikat New Member

    i had this same problem with my teenage son. he was in the habit of wearing vynil or other tennis shoes (sneakers) and his feet smelled so bad that he would go to the bathroom to remove his shoes so that he could spray the room and no one would be the wiser.

    well i cought him and he was so embarrassed. but this is what i tried and it worked. i had him take a cotton ball and soak it with scope mouthwash, and stroke it over his feet 2x a day after his showers. then like the other children, made him wear leather shoes and nothing else. he never had the problem again.

    hope this helps someone.
  7. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    I am very happy to report that my little sweetie's foot problem is under control!! I washed her sneakers in the washing machine with Tide with Bleach (my favorite detergent) and let them air dry. I washed all her socks, even the dark ones, separately and in hot water--man, did those socks stink!! We then follow that up with a once daily spray of Odor Eaters Foot Spray and it seems to be doing the trick. In addition, we Febreezed her less effected shoes and sneakers. So far, so good. Thanks guys for all the great suggestions. If it becomes a problem again,I will go back and read all the posts again!!

  8. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I found this in the web...

    Try These Things First

    Foot odor is usually caused by bacteria, and the only way to really get rid of it, is to get rid of the bacteria. An even better strategy is to prevent the bacteria from growing in the first place.

    Products like charcoal-impregnated insoles are not really that helpful, because they do not get rid of the source of the problem. Here are some things that will help:

    Wash your feet thoroughly every day, with a good antibacterial soap. Scrub them hard with a wash cloth or body brush to remove all of the dead skin cells. Take extra care to scrub the area between your toes.

    Dry your feet immediately after bathing, especially between your toes. Some people use a hair dryer to make sure their feet are completely dry.

    Change your socks frequently, especially when you are exercising.

    Whenever possible, do not wear the same shoes two days in a row. Try to let your shoes dry out 1 or 2 days between wearings. (it would be best to do this for skates too, but not many people can afford to buy 3 pairs of good skates!)

    Sprinkle talcum powder or one of the commercial foot powders (which sometimes ARE talcum powder) into the toes of your socks to help keep your feet dry and discourage the growth of bacteria. Some people like to use baking soda, but others say it feels gritty against their skin.

    If you believe your feet perspire excessively, you can rub an underarm antiperspirant into your feet to help them stay dry. If it contains Aluminum Chlorohydrate it will be even more effective, but wash it off right away if it starts to irritate your feet.

    If none of these things work, you can try applying a 5% or 10% solution of Benzoyl Peroxide gel to your feet, to decrease bacteria growth.
    More Ideas

    Soak your feet every day, in a solution of black tea and cool water. Some people believe the tannin in the tea has a deodorizing effect, and they believe it makes the sweat glands shut down temporarily.

    HOW TO DO IT: Brew 2 tea bags in 2 cups (1 pint) of boiling water for 15 minutes. Add the tea to 2 quarts of cool water, and soak your feet for 20 to 30 minutes. To convert these measurement units to metric units, see Converters for International Skaters.

    Some people take zinc supplements to prevent foot odor, because they believe foot odor can be a sign of zinc deficiency. Get your doctor's opinion before you try this, and ask for a dosage recommendation, so you don't take a toxic amount.

    Some people drink diluted liquid chlorophyll to prevent foot odor, because chlorophyll deodorizes other parts of the body, inside and out. Check with your doctor before trying this, because chlorophyll can have side effects.
    Treatment for Severe Problems

    If you have a very serious sweating problem (called hyperhydrosis) or a very serious foot odor problem (called bromohydrosis) your doctor may suggest that you try one of these treatments:

    Aluminum Chloride with Ethyl Alcohol
    This medication is more commonly known by the brand name Drysol®. It is very effective, but it can cause skin irritation. Most doctors will tell you to apply it at night and wash it off completely the following morning.

    Prescription Antibiotics
    If you have a very difficult foot odor problem, your doctor may want to prescribe an antibiotic like 2% Erythromycin or 1% Clindamycin, applied each morning and at at bedtime. These medications will be effective in killing most odor-causing bacteria. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Using antibiotics should be avoided whenever possible. Frequent use can make them ineffective, because the bacteria will develop a resistance to that particular antibiotic).

    This is the main ingredient in many sun-free tanning products. It will stain your feet brown, but it can be effective in reducing excessive perspiration, when applied to the bottom of the feet in a 2% to 10% solution.

    Acetic Acid Foot Baths
    Acetic acid foot baths can be effective in drying up sweat glands, if treatments are given 3 times per day.

    Electrode Therapy
    This treatment is called iontophoresis. The feet are immersed in a pan of water and 15 or 20 mA of electric current is applied. Iontophoresis is not a cure for excessive sweating, but it usually provides temporary relief, if applied frequently. It works by "injecting" electronically charged ions into the skin, causing the sweat glands to shut down temporarily.

    Botulism Injections
    Injecting tiny amounts of botulism toxin into the sweat glands under the skin can sometimes dry up those glands for several months. Up to 20 injections may be needed, but the treatment will work for up to nine months. This treatment is similar to the botulism injections used by cosmetic surgeons to decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the skin.

    Surgical Solutions
    Surgery is the solution of last resort, but for a very small minority, it is the only thing that works. The two most common procedures are (1) blocking the nerve that causes sweating, and (2) complete removal of the sweat glands. IMPORTANT NOTE: The nerves related to foot sweating are not all located near the feet, and nerve blocking surgery for excessive foot perspiration can have unexpected side effects. Ask your doctor about these!


    The vast majority of foot perspiration and odor problems can be effectively treated with simple home remedies. I organized this article with the most effective and safest home treatments first, and the most drastic and radical treatments at the end. If you have a problem with excessive foot odor, you can be sure that relief IS available. Try some of these suggestions, and work with your doctor, to find the solution that works best for you!

  9. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much for the info. I will make this my permanent 'stinky feet file!! You are so amazing!!

    Thanks so much for your effort--