My son is 8 years old, and I've noticed over the last few weeks that the odor of his feet is just getting unbearable. He takes a shower every night, he recently ruined a pair of sketchers that I just bought maybe 3 months ago. The smell was so bad that I had to throw them away, outside! He wears socks and I really dont understand why his feet stink so bad. I have heard of adults feet smelling pretty ronchy, but 8?
Is he at the start of puberty? Is there anything I can do besides showering everyday and foot powder?
First you have to understand that the odor is a symptom. Overactive sweat glands and excess fungus and bacteria can be the culprit. You can make tea and when cooled pour it into a foot bath. Tea naturally contains tannic acid which helps this problem. Also, you can apply tea tree oil to the bottoms of the feet, it is naturally antifungal and antibacterial without the chemicals of commercial products and medicines. Try not to wear the same shoes more than one day in a row and mix tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle and spray the inside of the shoes. These are just a few things you can do. Medicines and foot powders only mask or suppress the problem, to cure it you need to address the root of the problem.
You can try soaking them often and see what happens in his case. I don't have stinky feet, but I soak mine a couple of times a week for the health factor. I steap three bags of chamomile tea and add them and the water to a foot bath along with slices of lemons, tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, peppermint oil and lavendar oil and sometimes I add sea salt or epsom salts.