No More Summer Fink
Don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all been there. Everyone has had stinky summer feet (fink) at least once in their life, it’s just a natural part of life. That being said there are ways around the stinky problem. Although, the most common cause of fink is excessive sweating, sometimes it helps to take a step back and ask yourself if there is anything specific causing the odor. Could your decade old walking shoes that you refuse to get rid of be the culprit?
It’s also good to keep in mind that extreme foot stink is a diagnosable condition called Bromhidrosis. People with Bromhidrosis don’t only have stinky feet in the summer, but they have the foot order all day every day. Before you make an appointment with your physician, read through the bellow reasons which have been scientifically related to fink. If you believe you have Bromhidrosis and are concerned about an item that has an asterisk (*) next to it, then it may be worth looking further into or getting advice from an expert.
- Continual or all-day standing
- Day-to-day stress
- Hormonal changes (growth spurts (which can be experienced into the early twenties), changes in birth control, puberty, menopause)
- Poor or irregular personal hygiene.
- Genetics (did your dad have sweaty feet? your sister?)
- Overactive sweat glands
- Wearing the same – probably already sweat soaked – shoes day after day without letting them dry out first.
- Fungal infection*
- Foot injury*
Hopefully, the above list will help you figure out the reason behind your fink. Regardless of the reason, below are a few tips and tricks to fight the summer fink!
– Try a foot soak. Not only will it get rid of the smell, but it is good for the skin, and gives you an excuse to relax. Simply mix one part apple cider vinegar to three parts warm water and soak those toes for ten-to-fifteen minutes every few days.
– Do your feet and your shoes reek from all the activity you do? If you kicks get sweat soaked, a simple trick is to slide an open maxi pad inside the shoe so that it sticks to the sole. It might sound a bit strange at first, but maxi pads are designed to absorb and deodorize any kind of moisture. The best part is you can use this trick in just about any shoe, then toss the maxi pad into the garbage when you get home.
– Fink has been a problem experienced by men and women for decades now. An old trick that older generations have stood by is the ‘ol freezer trick. Now, finish reading this tip before you get grossed out! If you put your shoes into a large sized freezer bag and throw them in the freezer overnight you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the lack of smell coming from your shoes in the morning. The reason that this works is simple: the smelly foot bacteria can’t survive in the cold, so you are essentially killing all the nasty by surrounding it in such a cold temperature.