Anyone with sporty teenage boys will attest to the unfathomable reek of gear, socks, shoes, and feet after practice. It penetrates car upholstery and wafts down the hall when they open their bedroom door. While people of all ages can end up with stinky feet, the reasons and causes are many. And because age can play a role in how fast a person can level-up their stink game, we’ve got some useful facts and tips on how to cope with, cure, and prevent that sticky green odor before you pass out from inhalation poisoning.
Everyone’s feet, regardless of age, are filled with bacteria which make a useful contribution to our health. This bacteria eats the oils and organic material (e.g., dead skin cells) on your feet, but this comes at a price. The product of this foot-feast are organic acids, which cause those undesirable odors. So, if precautions are not taken, smelly feet can become an almost daily problem for you and your child.
While growing up, feet have a very significant (and often neglected) impact on the development of the child’s body. They have to support their weight and are responsible for the way they walk and their body posture, which will be carried into adulthood and will surely have an impact throughout their lifetime, physically as well as psychologically. Not to mention, foot odor, itself, is embarrassing and can limit a kiddo’s ability to connect with their peers.
Like the adult foot, children’s feet are filled with sweat glands. In fact, your feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands! They produce a considerable amount of sweat each day. For some kids, the sweat glands in their feet can produce up to three times as much sweat as the average adult. There are also conditions that can add to the likelihood of foot odor. Over-active sweat glands such as focal childhood hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating in one part of the body. Hormonal imbalances, some chronic diseases, and infections can add to the likelihood that foot odor will develop.
Luckily, there are a few simple tricks to help you reduce and even eradicate chronic foot odor problems.
Daily hygiene: kids with foot odor should wash their feet every day, preferably with an antibacterial product, to avoid the development of colonies of undesired bacteria.
Changing socks: the material your kid’s socks are made from can add to sweating problems, a build-up of moisture, and bacterial plumes. Cotton, wool, and tech materials used by sports athletes (like “CoolMax”) will help to reduce sweat and bacteria. Regardless of the material, you and your kids need to be diligent about only wearing clean socks each day.
FOOT SENSE works for kids and adults:FOOT SENSE is an all natural, fast-acting, long-lasting, powerful formula. It eliminates both, odors and bacteria. Made with 100% natural Zinc Oxide and other botanical ingredients, apply it to feet, shoes, and gear to neutralize smells and keep things dry and healthy.
Changing shoes: like socks, some shoes are not breathable enough for the feet of young ones, so you should consider either buying different ones or implement a rotation system, to avoid having your kids wear the same shoes for consecutive days.
Don’t share shoes, socks, or towels: stink-causing bacteria can transfer from one person to the next via their fabrics and gear. Kids love to play around, and sometimes that means sharing wardrobes, but put a rule in place that sharing socks and shoes is too dangerous.
Check with the Pediatrician: It’s okay to ask and talk about foot odor. Chat with fellow parents, teach good hygiene practices, and ask your pediatrician about their recommendations.