Foot Odor & Perspiration

What is it?

Foot odor occurs when excess perspiration from your feet soaks the lining of your shoes and socks. Perspiration creates an optimal environment for bacteria which can grow and cause a bad odor.

Do I have it?

Sweaty, smelly feet and/or shoes are the most common signs.

People who wear poorly ventilated shoes, synthetic or non-leather boots, or non-wicking socks made of polyester or nylon tend to have persistent foot odor.

What causes it?

Bacteria are the major source of foot odor. Bacteria consume dead skin cells on the feet, which then produce foot odor.

How can I help prevent it?

  • Keep your feet dry and ventilated
  • Change your shoes daily to allow them to dry out thoroughly
  • Wear clean, cotton socks to help wick perspiration from the skin
  • Use powders or other drying agents
  • Practice good daily hygiene (wash and dry your feet well)
Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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