In the November issue of Reader's Digest, a piece titled, "13 Things Your Podiatrist Won't Tell You" listed tips for dealing with some of the most common foot health and hygiene issues. One tip suggested using antiperspirant products on your feet to help combat foot odor. Sweat (and even occasional foot odor) is a normal and healthy response to heat, but for some people sweating occurs excessively and causes problems such as warts, skin infections, blisters and toenail fungus.
There are a variety of foot deodorant sprays and powders sold in stores, some of which have anti-fungal medicines such as tolnaftate as a main ingredient. These anti-fungal products may only help to a certain degree since odor is also caused by bacteria, which are not affected by anti-fungal medicine. Some foot deodorant products also contain absorbing ingredients such as baking soda or corn starch, which help minimize wetness and odor. As for feet that sweat excessively, antiperspirant products will be more effective because they attack the source of the problem by decreasing the sweat that leads to the odor. Most foot antiperspirants, which can be found online and in stores where health products are sold, contain aluminum salts which are the same ingredients found in underarm antiperspirants.
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