What is Foot Odour?
Feet have more sweat glands than any other area of the body – so it is not surprising that a lot of people suffer with odour, especially as feet are covered in socks and shoes most of the time. Socks and shoes prevent the sweat from evaporating or being absorbed back in to the body and as such can cause a bad-smelling sweat.
Symptoms of Foot Odour
A strong and usually unpleasant smell
Causes of Foot Odour
The main cause of foot odour is excessive perspiration of the feet, which is medically termed Hyperhidrosis. When this moisture can’t evaporate or be absorbed it creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, yeast and fungal properties. This build up causes the smell and if left untreated can lead to athletes foot and other fungal infections.
Other causes of foot odour are
- Specific skin conditions
- Hormonal changes/ imbalances
- Shoes and socks made from synthetic materials can aggravate perspiration as they don’t allow sweat to evaporate or be absorbed
Relief and Prevention of Foot Odour
It is also key to make sure that your footwear is well ventilated and allows the feet to breathe – if your shoes have removable insoles, these can also be washed to keep them fresh.
Keeping your socks clean and dry will also help alleviate or prevent the condition, along with rotating your footwear, to give it time to air dry when necessary.
In more severe cases consult your GP as specialist night ointments can be provided, or surgery to the nerve that controls the sweat can be carried out.