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9 Daily Rituals to Boost Your Performance at Work (Infographic)
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In a rut? These daily rituals can help lift you up.

My Feet Stink! What Really Stops Foot Odor
©:  Bottom Line Inc

My feet smell! I’ve soaked them in vinegar, I shower every day and never wear the same shoes two days in a row. But that disgusting odor always comes back. Help!

Well, you’re certainly making a valiant effort! But don’t despair. You’re taking some smart actions to address your problem. Smelly feet are one of the trickiest types of body odor to overcome. So let’s see why you might not be getting the results you’d like.

Soaking your feet, as you’ve tried, will definitely make them feel better at the end of a long day, but there is little long-term benefit. Vinegar has some antibacterial properties, which can help reduce odor temporarily. The problem is, once your feet go back into the closed, moist environment of a shoe, where bacteria and fungus thrive, the smell will return.

While it’s largely under-recognized as a cause of foot odor, excessive perspiration (a condition known as hyperhidrosis) is often the culprit. The condition, which affects various parts of the body, including the feet, palms and underarms, is more than the run-of-the-mill sweating you might experience after playing, say, a fierce game of tennis. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that creates excess sweat, which provides a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Hyperhidrosis can occur even in the absence of exertion.

In your case, when sweat and cellular debris from the bacteria and yeast begin to break down, you start to smell foot odor. As bacteria and fungi grow, your feet also become more vulnerable to infections such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. To make matters worse, athlete’s foot itself can create foot odor, too.

Daily showering, as you’re already doing, is an important step in fighting any type of body odor. But along with that, you must also keep your feet not only clean but also dry. I recommend that you shower daily with antibacterial soap, dry your feet carefully (between your toes, too) and use antibacterial and antifungal foot powders and sprays that help keep feet dry. If these products don’t do the job, you can also use an antiperspirant on your feet.

It’s good that you don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row, but changing your socks whenever they feel damp will also help keep your feet dry and odor-free. Acrylic socks are the best choice since they wick away moisture better than cotton socks. You may also want to use over-the-counter (OTC) insoles that can be replaced frequently to prevent odor from staying in your shoes. During warm weather, consider wearing sandals, which will allow your feet to “air out” and help keep them sweat-free. If you don’t like sandals, you can opt for a shoe with a breathable mesh upper portion. Also, launder, disinfect or discard foul-smelling shoes. Some shoes are machine washable, or you can use a bleach and water mixture or antibacterial sprays.

If you also experience excessive sweating on your palms, underarms and/or groin, that can be a sign of hyperhidrosis. In that case, consider seeing a dermatologist, who may prescribe a clinical-strength antiperspirant or an oral medication—treatments that should also help with your foot odor. Other treatments that can stop excessive sweating include Botox injections that block a chemical that stimulates sweat glands or iontophoresis, a device that uses low-voltage electric current to shut down the sweat glands.

But first see whether some of the self-care approaches described above give you some relief. Good luck!

Source: Jonathan Rose, DPM, is a podiatrist in private practice in Baltimore. He is coauthor of The Foot Book: A Complete Guide to Healthy Feet, PodiatryAssociates.org. Date: July 14, 2018 Publication: Bottom Line Health

The post My Feet Stink! What Really Stops Foot Odor appeared first on Bottom Line Inc.


Papa John's name removed from Louisville stadium following n-word controversy
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  1. Papa John's name removed from Louisville stadium following n-word controversy  Fox News
  2. Papa John's starts pulling founder's image from marketing  New Jersey Herald
  3. Louisville removing Papa John's from stadium name  messenger-inquirer
  4. Papa John's founder now says he was PRESSURED into saying the n-word during a conference call while dozens of ...  Daily Mail
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Widow of union official led 'high-flying lifestyle' on cash meant to train autoworkers: prosecutor
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  1. Widow of union official led 'high-flying lifestyle' on cash meant to train autoworkers: prosecutor  Fox News
  2. Ex-UAW VP's widow gets 18 months in prison for role in bribery scheme  MLive.com
  3. Business Briefs: Microsoft backs rules for facial recognition  Chattanooga Times Free Press
  4. Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case  Detroit Free Press
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Trump Apologizes to UK Prime Minister for ‘Fake News’ Criticisms of Brexit Plan
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President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States and Britain could secure a “great” post-Brexit trade deal, lavishing praise on Prime Minister Theresa May and contradicting his own withering assessment of her strategy publicized hours earlier. Fresh from sending …

Soorma box office collection day 1: Diljit Dosanjh-starrer earns Rs 3.25 crore on opening day
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While Diljit Dosanjh and Tapasee Pannu's Soorma has mostly got positive reviews, its primary audience is likely to be from northern India, specifically in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi.

4 things to know about Bastille Day and why it still matters for French democracy
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Storming the Bastille on July 14, 1789, became the flashpoint for the French revolution.

Don’t be alarmed today if you see a red-white-and-blue-clad mime cheering for Les Bleus. It doesn’t mean you’ve missed the World Cup Final, but instead have stumbled into a Bastille Day celebration.

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The charts that matter: the global growth jitters
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John Stepek examines how concerns over Chinese growth have affect the global economy's most important charts.

The post The charts that matter: the global growth jitters was first published on MoneyWeek.


Nicaragua unrest escalates
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Student protesters trapped under fire from security forces

US Lifts Ban on China's ZTE After $1.4 Billion Penalty
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  1. US Lifts Ban on China's ZTE After $1.4 Billion Penalty  Bloomberg
  2. US Lifts Ban That Kept ZTE From Doing Business With American Suppliers  New York Times
  3. ZTE can once again do business with American companies  CNNMoney
  4. US lifts ban on suppliers selling to China's ZTE  Arab News
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