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How to fight off smelly feet

Did you know that there are 250,000 sweat glands on your foot? That’s more than anywhere else in the body! These sweat glands can make more than half a Litre of sweat per day. What might surprise you though, is that it’s not the sweat that’s making your feet smell – it’s actually the bacteria that live on your feet.

You see, bacteria love sweat because it provides a moist and warm environment for them to grow. And when they grow, they give off funky odours. Sometimes, a fungal infection like Athlete’s foot or medical conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can contribute to bad foot odour. Teens and pregnant women are also more likely to have stinky feet because of hormonal changes.

The good news is that there are many remedies you can try to combat smelly feet:

Firstly, avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day. If you do, the sweat and heat inside your shoes may not have evaporated before you wear them next. We also suggest spraying your shoes with a disinfectant to eliminate bacteria.

It’s also a good idea to pick shoes made from breathable fabrics like leather and canvas. Consider ditching the plastic shoes that are like hot houses for your feet. The same goes for socks. Opt for materials like cotton or merino wool that help draw sweat away from your feet.

Finally, consider soaking your feet in a bucket of baking soda solution, vinegar, salt or teas to try and get rid of excess moisture. This will make it more difficult for bacteria to grow and let off funny smells.

As podiatrists, we know it can be hard to combat sweat and foot odours, especially in the hot Australian climate. More so if you are under stress and on your feet all day!

If you are concerned about the strange aroma wafting from your feet and would like further advice, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our very skilled and friendly podiatrists on (03) 8645 9800 or through the online booking system below:

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