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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.