Health & Spirit

Stop stinky feet in their tracks

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Editors: Please note italics in grafs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12.

According to singer Maxine Brown, who toured with Elvis (and also did the group's laundry), The King became so attached to a pair of socks that she'd accidentally dyed pink, he wore them for a month nonstop. Eventually, the smell got so bad, someone threw them out the tour bus window. Don't Be Cruel!

It happened on a Sunday when stores were closed; even Elvis, Crying in the Chapel, couldn't buy new pink socks. So, the bus turned around, and the socks were Returned to Sender.

We understand why those socks were stinky. But what's the cause when you wear clean socks and the smell is still Stuck on You?

Well, smelly feet -- or bromodosis -- results from a combination of odor-producing bacteria and a moist environment that helps bacteria proliferate. Those bacteria produce a byproduct that's so odoriferous, it's a real Devil in Disguise.

Fortunately, if you have a problem, you don't have to check into Heartbreak Hotel. To dispel foot odor:

--Wash your feet daily; dry thoroughly, and don't wear the same pair of (Blue Suede) shoes two days in a row.

--Soak your feet in one part vinegar, two parts warm water for 15 minutes.

--Scrub feet with a pumice stone; it removes hard, dead skin that holds moisture.

--Use an antiperspirant/antifungal spray.

--Wear cotton or wool moisture-absorbing socks.

--If home remedies don't work, there are temporary sweat-controlling treatments with Botox or iontophoresis (electrical current).

Then that smell won't be Always on Your Mind.


Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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