culprits in foot odor are sweat-eating bacteria.
problem begins when bacteria become attracted to the sweat on your feet and start
feeding on it.
bacteria's excretion has a strong odor that causes your feet to smell bad.
each foot has over 250,000 sweat glands in it, and produces over a pint of sweat
a day there's a lot for the bacteria to eat.
makes the situation worse are shoes and socks which trap the sweat on your skin.
Now the bacteria have their favorite kind of environment: dark and damp, causing
them to go into a feeding frenzy. More waste is excreted, and when you take off
your socks and shoes, your nose is presented with the results!
do some people's feet smell more than others?
simple answer is, some people sweat more than others. That's also the reason why
your own foot odor can vary. You might sweat more at different parts of the day.
The more you sweat, the more your feet will smell.
can foot odor be reduced?
more sweat equals more bacteria and more odors, the amount of sweat that collects
on your feet must be decreased. This will lessen your bacteria load as well.
wear clean socks. It is even recommended you change sock throughout the day.
your feet with anti-bacterial soap. This won't lessen the sweat, but it will kill
a pair of shoes 24 hours to air out after every wearing. The sweat will evaporate.
socks made of absorbent materials, like cotton. The sock will soak up the sweat
leaving the bacteria nothing to feed on.
antiperspirant to you feet.
inserts in shoes will mask part of the problem, but they won't solve it as they
fail to kill bacteria. If your foot odor is really strong, the best method of
prevention is to see a doctor. There are several prescriptions available to treat