The topic of foot order is obviously a personal and sensitive subject.
Rarely is it the primary discussion at an evening party and when brought up
between close friends, only occasionally does it receive more than a bashful
grin. But in all seriousness, offensive foot odors can be a real problem.
For many so afflicted, it is common to ignore the condition or accept is as
one would hair loss or freckles. However, it should be emphasized that this
condition is very treatable. Professional care is available to treat the
cause and effects of foot odor. In the majority of cases, a successful
resolution of the problem is readily attainable.
Foot odor in general, is
usually a manifestation of excessive perspiration. For many, the hands and
feet are frequent sites of pooling with resultant wet areas and occasional
skin discoloration. Thus, our first line of attack in treating this problem
is to effectively reduce or minimize excessive perspiration. An attempt is
made to limit the use of nylon stockings and socks which traditionally
promote perspiration. Shoes should be changed rather frequently and the use
of breathable leathers as opposed to the more occlusive synthetic shoe
materials is encouraged. Topical applications, soaks, and occasional oral
medications are given for the purpose of reducing the output of
Perhaps the most
important factor involved in this condition is the chemical make-up of
perspiration itself, for it is this factor indeed, which causes odor. The
old saying, "You are what you eat," certainly applies in this case. Dietary
intake modifications are essential in order to affect the end result.
Obviously, garlic, onions and other higher spiced foods must be greatly
reduced until the condition is well under control. It is important to keep
in mind that an offensive foot odor is a treatable condition, and once the
causative factor is identified, one that can usually be remedied.