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Foot odour is a strong indication of a surface bacterial infection of the feet.

Typical causes include
  • Hormone/sweat gland imbalance.  Overactive sweat glands, particularly in adolescents can lead to foot odour.
  • Feet enclosed in shoe wear for lengthy periods.
  • Continually wearing the one set of shoes for prolonged periods.
  • Occupations involving work in warm moist environments.
What can you do ?

Anything that reduces exposure of the feet to warm moist environments is good.

Socks
  • Cotton, or other natural materials help wick moisture away from the skin.
  • Should be changed frequently.  Take an extra pair of socks to work or school for changing during the day.
  • Wear socks whenever you wear shoes.
Shoes
  • Wear shoes that breathe or are well ventilated.  Examples of these are sandals or perforated top materials.  Most leathers breathe well.
  • Rotate the shoes that you wear.
  • Wash shoes with soapy water, and leave to dry.
  • Consider discarding those with a noticeable odour.
Chemical
  • When showering, scrub your feet with an antibacterial soap.  Thoroughly dry your feet, particularly between your toes.
  • Spray your feet with underarm deodorant containing aluminum chlorohydrate  or aluminum chloride.
  • Use odour eaters insoles and preparations from your chemist designed to minimize or soak up excess foot perspiration.
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