‘Smelly feet’ can be a very embarrassing problem. But once you work out where the problem is coming from, it should be simple to treat.
Is it your skin?
Hyperhidrosis is another name given to excessive perspiration. There are roughly 250,000 sweat glands on a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet can produce as much as 470 ml of moisture per day. However it is the combination of moisture with the wrong environment such as shoes and socks that can produce the smelly feet.
Having a bacterial infection such as Pitted Keratolysis can also contribute to smelly feet. Often it is characterised by white discoloured skin with pitting in the weight bearing areas of the foot.
Tip: It is important that with the above conditions that a Podiatrist correctly diagnoses the problem in order for the treatment to be effective.
In the meantime you may find that using Tea Tree oil based products such gel, oils, powders and sprays on your feet may assist in reducing your smelly feet. These products are natural and safe to use, they have both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. These are available at our clinic for purchase.
It is also important to dry your feet after showing well. Pay special attention to the skin in between your toes. Dabbing cotton wool with Methylated Spirits can assist in drying out these areas as it is alcohol based. Remember the less the moisture in your skin, the less of a risk of smelly feet.
Is it your socks?
If you combine excess moisture with the wrong type of socks, then this will become a perfect environment for germs to grow such as Bacteria and Fungii which can lead to smelly feet.
Tip: Avoid wearing synthetic socks such as nylon. Always wear natural fibres such cotton or woollen socks, as this will allow the air to flow better and reduce your chances of smelly feet.
If you do have a fungal infection in your skin or toes, it is recommended that you wash your socks separately in Canesten liquid found at the supermarket, as this will eradicate the germs that may potentially re-infect you.
We also recommend Cotton rich socks which are available at our clinic to help reduce the growth of bacteria on your feet, hence reducing the bad odour.
Is it your shoes?
Synthetic footwear can also prevent air flow and may encourage germs to grow causing your smelly feet.
Tip: Always buy footwear made from natural fibres such leather. Don’t always judge a pair of shoes by the brand name or price tag. Do your own research and assess which material the upper and sole of the shoes are made of. The more natural materials used the less smelly feet you will suffer from.
If your shoes have removable lining, it is a good habit to wash them separately and also use Tea Tree Oil spray on the inside to eliminate the manifestation of bacteria or fungal germs.
You may also want to interchange your shoes everyday and leave yesterday’s pair outside to aerate.
Call Glad Feet Podiatry today on (03) 90773239 and experience Glad Feet.