Dear Dr. SerVaas,
My husband’s feet smell terrible. He has calluses and uses foot creams after his daily shower. He changes socks and shoes every day. Is there anything we can do to cure this awful problem? We are anxiously awaiting your reply.
Foot odor develops when sweat is trapped inside shoes or socks along with acid-producing bacteria. Prolonged use of foot creams can be a factor, too. People with the problem (or their loved ones) might consider talking to a doctor about prescription-strength aluminum chloride hexahydrate (20 percent solution). In the meantime, and assuming one does not have any open foot sores, soaking feet for 20-30 minutes every day in one of the following solutions may also help clear the air.
- Vinegar: Mix one part vinegar with two parts warm water.
- Strong tea: Boil four tea bags in one quart of water, then add two quarts cool water.
- Salt: Add ½ cup of kosher or sea salt to one quart water. Don’t rinse. Pat dry only.