Many people suffer from foot odor.  It is an embarrassing condition that most of us would prefer to eliminate. 

Below is a list of the best tips for preventing foot odor:

  1. Wash your feet with an antibacterial cleaning agent.  Foot odor is typically caused by the over-production of sweat which in turn leads to the buildup of bacteria and fungus.  Using an antibacterial soap with an exfoliation pad or clothe is the best way to kill bacteria on the foot.
  2. Wash or soak your feet in alcohol or vinegar.  These two liquids are antiseptics and will help kill odor causing germs that buildup on your feet throughout the day.
  3. Wear open toed shoes or sandals.  Tight shoes typically lead to more sweating, which in turn will lead to the growth of more bacteria and fungus on the feet.  Sandals and open toed shoes are more airy and will keep the foot more dry. 
  4. Use an antiperspirant deodorant on your feet.  The same antiperspirants that you use on your armpits can be used on your feet to prevent sweating.  There are also several deodorant brands made specifically for foot odor.
  5. Rub your feet with talcum powder, baking soda, or corn starch.  These will help dry out the skin and will also act as astringents.
  6. Wear white socks.  Colored socks seem to collect more sweat and skin residue.
  7. Wear cotton socks.  Cotton materials allow the skin to breathe with the most ease.
  8. Wash your socks.  When you wash your socks, turn them inside out.  Never wear damp or unclean socks.
  9. Wear leather or canvas shoes.  Leather and canvas shoes allow for more ventilation than shoes that are made from plastic, nylon or rubber.
  10. Wear a different pair of shoes each day.  Make sure you rotate your shoes often so that they do not fill up with sweat and start to breed bacteria.
  11. Wash your shoes.  Yes, many shoes can be thrown directly in the washing machine.  Make sure that they are completely dry before you wear them again.  A good way to safely dry shoes is to place them in front of a fan. 
  12. Put baby powder in your shoes.  This will help to dry out any lingering moisture.
  13. Take off your shoes when possible.  Whenever you can, remove your shoes and allow your feet some ventilation.
  14. Sleep barefoot.  If it is not too cold, sleep barefoot and let your feet breathe.
  15. Soak your feet.  Soaking your feet in tea, bleach, vodka or salt water is known to help dry out the skin and kill foot bacteria and odor.
  16. Consume an adequate amount of zinc.  Zinc deficiency is known to result in problems with body odors.
  17. Relax!  Stress and anxiety cause our body to perspire excessively, which is what causes body odor.

These are some of the best tips for preventing foot odor.  For information on how to deal with more severe cases of foot odor, consult a podiatrist.  They can discuss more serious treatment options such as prescription antibiotics, botox injections, and surgery.