According to podiatrist Benjamin Kleinman, DPM of the Baltimore Podiatry Group, the most mundane culprit of toe-curling foot stink is old shoes. "The first thing I ask a patient who comes in with foot odor is 'How old are your shoes?' Most people will say, 'Oh, they're in good shape,' but then I find out they're over a year old," he says. Shoes that are past their due date are a breeding ground for smelly bacteria. Toss 'em.
|Dr. Benjamin Kleinman
To prevent sweat in the first place, you can use an anti-perspirant. The same stuff you swipe on under your arms will work, but a spray like Dove Dry Spray is a little easier to apply than solids. Kleinman doesn't recommend using powders not specifically designed for your feet to absorb moisture and cut the scent, since certain bacteria or fungi can use them for food.
Source: Mirel Ketchiff, Shape [4/5/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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