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A lot of intriguing remedies for foot odor have made the rounds over the years. To determine which ones actually work and which don’t, we turned to Thom Lobe, MD, founder and medical director of the Beneveda Medical Group in Beverly Hills.
Jell-O.“Many deodor-ants work by creating a gel that fills and obstructs the sweat glands, so they cannot excrete,” he says. “Jell-O forms a gel, so you get a similar effect.” Make Jell-O as you normally would, and soak your feet in it as it sets.
Vodka.“We sterilize wounds with alcohol. Vodka—which is odorless—will work just fine to get rid of the odor-producing microbes, ” Lobe says. “You could also use tequila, which doesn’t have an odor, either.”
Zinc.“Foot odor is one of many symptoms of zinc deficiency,” Lobe explains. You can replenish your zinc levels with foods such as oysters, nuts, peas, eggs, whole grains, oats, and pumpkin seeds.
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Do Your Feet Work Harder Than You Do?
Sometimes feet perspire a lot because they simplyworkharder than they should, says Neal Kramer, DPM. A structural defect (such as flat feet) or a job that keeps you hopping all day could be the underlying culprit. Either would increase the activity of your foot muscles. And the harder your feet work, the more they perspire in an attempt to cool themselves. “If you correct the underlying problem with an arch support or some other orthotic shoe insert,” says Kramer, “you can actually cut down on the amount of sweat produced. If the muscles don’t have to work as hard, they just don’t give off as much heat.”
Panel Of Advisors
Diana Bihova, MD,is a dermatologist affiliated with the dermatology department at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
Glenn Copeland, DPM,is a podiatrist at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto. He is also consulting podiatrist for the Canadian Back Institute and podiatrist for the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.
Richard L. Dobson, MD,is a professor emeritus of the department of dermatology at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in Charleston.
Neal Kramer, DPM,is a podiatrist in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Paul Langer, DPM,is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and author ofGreat Feet for Life.
Suzanne M. Levine, DPM, PC,is a podiatric surgeon and clinical podiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is author ofYour Feet Don't Have to Hurt.
Thom Lobe, MD,is founder and medical director of the Beneveda Medical Group in Beverly Hills.
Stephen Weinberg, DPM,is director of the Running Clinic at the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute in Des Plaines, Illinois, and director of podiatric services for the Chicago marathon.
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