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Smelly Feet

Our feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body! When you put feet in shoes, the sweat is trapped inside the shoe and creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. It is this bacteria that causes the smell! A number of conditions increase the chance for smelly feet, such as excess sweating known as hyperhidrosis, stress and hormonal changes.

Practicing good foot hygiene reduces bacteria to low levels. Ways to do this include:

  • Avoid socks made from synthetic materials. Natural fibers such as wool and cotton are more absorbent.
  • Change your socks at least once a day – never wear the same pair of socks the next day.
  • Allow your shoes to ‘air’ especially in hot weather to dry out before wearing them again.
  • The use of innersoles can help absorb the moisture and be changed regularly relatively cheaply.
  • Bathing feet daily in warm water with a mild soap but remember to dry them thoroughly particularly between the toes.
  • Apply a foot powder which will keep the moisture level down therefore reducing the environment for the bacteria to grow.

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