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“No matter what I do, I always have smelly feet at the end of the day. What causes foot odour and is there a remedy?”
Each person has three-four million sweat glands, and at rest loses about half a litre of sweat daily. Sweat is not smelly in itself, but bacteria quickly work on it to produce fatty acids and it’s this that produces the pungent stale sweat smell giving you smelly feet and horrible trainers. Throughout the average day, the body naturally perspires to regulate heat in the body. In some individuals, natural perspiration is excessive in the feet, resulting in sweaty feet. This condition is known as Hyperhidrosis and is defined as the production of perspiration beyond what is necessary to cool the body.
However, when hyperhidrosis is associated with a foul odour it is termed Bromidrosis. One of the main causes of smelly feet, which must imply sweaty feet, is wearing the wrong foot coverings or footwear. Shoes with plastic or synthetic fabric linings don’t allow sweat evaporation or absorption, so the foot stays wet. Synthetic coverings, like socks and stockings, have the same effect.
Obviously a rise in temperature will lead to an increase in sweating but also mental or emotional stress and also fatigued or strained feet can also lead to the condition we would suggest the following precautions: