You may not want to take off your shoes in the office or other people’s homes because of the odour trapped in there. It is really bad if you take off your socks in public and people tweak their noises.
Smelly feet, medically known as bromodosis, is unpleasant and can be embarrassing. The problem is not your feet; it is what you are wearing – your shoes! Smelly feet are primarily caused by non exposure of your feet to the air. The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body.
Feet smell because they sweat inside shoes. Bacteria then break down the sweat, producing compounds responsible for the offensive odour. Feet become smelly if sweat soaks into the shoes and they don’t dry before you wear them again. Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, can also cause foot odour.
Shoes and socks are the perfect envrionment for sweat and bacteria to mingle, that is why it’s critical to maintain proper hygiene. You may not notice the odour at first, which may only be in your shoes. Eventually, the odour will become hard for you and everyone else to ignore.
You’re also more likely to have sweaty feet if you’re on your feet all the day and have not had time to remove them from your shoes.
Keeping feet fresh and sweet smelling is all down to good personal hygiene and changing your shoes regularly. If possible, don’t wear the same shoe two days in a row. This will help reduce the odour. Wash your body everyday, and if you have a history of foot odour, wash your feet with an anti-bacteria soap. Excessive sweat will increase your chances of getting smelly feet, so do not wear thick socks, boots and pants if you know it will be hot outside.
Buy a variety of high-quality shoes so you can give each about 24 hours before you wear them again. The socks you wear are also important. Wear socks made ideally with wool or cotton,not nylon, and pick a clean pair each day. Wearing the same pair too frequently can contribute to smelly feet.
You can also use anti-bacterial foot powder and Athlete’s Foot cream on your feet or spritz anti-fungal shoe spray inside your shoes. Be sure to keep your feet dry, clean and cool to prevent smelly feet.