Foot Odour

Why do Feet Perspire?

There are about 250,000 sweat glands on the skin of your feet – more than any other part of your body. Sweat is perfectly natural, keeping the skin soft and flexible and controlling the temperature of your feet. People often think that sweat is the cause of bad odours, but it isn’t. Odour is produced by bacteria which grow in shoes due to the heat and humidity. They attack the sweat molecules, decomposing them and generating the bad smell.


How to Prevent Foot Odours

To take care of excessive perspiration, wear socks made of natural materials like cotton and shoes that allow your feet to breathe reducing the growth of fungi and bacteria that cause bad odour. Another way is to try using a spray deodorant for shoes to help eliminate bad odours. If you have stubborn perspiration, an anti-odour cream can help, but shoe hygiene is essential too. Try using a spray deodorant for shoes or insoles made from activated charcoal to help eliminate bad odours.

See your GP if simple measures to reduce your foot odour don't help, or if you're worried that your level of sweating is abnormally high.