There are more sweat glands in our feet than anywhere else in the body. However, unlike sweat glands elsewhere in the body, the sweat glands in the feet secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise.
The medical name for smelly feet is Bromodosis and can affect anyone. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. The main cause is sweaty feet. Feet smell when bacteria on the skin break down sweat as it comes from the pores. A cheesy smell is released as the sweat decomposes. Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection on the feet that can also cause feet to smell.
The main causes of sweaty and smelly feet are:
- Poor personal hygiene.
- Wearing the same shoes every day without adequate moisture absorption. Feet become smelly if sweat soaks into the shoes and you wear them repeatedly, especially before they are dry.
- Hormonal changes can cause feet to sweat more, so teenagers and pregnant women are especially prone.
- Hyperhidrosis is a condition which causes you to sweat more than usual on your feet.
There are simple steps you can take to help prevent this:
- It’s important to wash your feet every day.
- After your bath / shower, dry your feet well and use a smaller towel to dry well in-between the toes.
- Dip Cotton Buds into Surgical Methylated Spirits and rub in-between the toes to dry them further.
- Wear clean socks every day. Cotton socks are best for moisture absorption.
- A spray foot deodorant can help in addition to the above.
- Do not rub moisturizing creams between your toes.
If you have white, peeling, cracked smelly skin in-between your toes or the problem is not clearing up, seek advice from your Podiatrist.