Keeping feet fresh is an important part of personal hygiene. Ensuring that your feet do not smell is a part of being healthy generally. Foot odor is really problematic and can occur if one is not careful. Foot odor is a medical condition known as Bromodosis. Foot Perspiration is the chief cause of foot odor and anyone can get foot perspiration, regardless of the temperature or time of the year. However, it is said that teenagers and pregnant women are especially predisposed to it due to hormonal changes which make them sweat more.

You’re also more likely to have foot perspiration:

  • If you’re on your feet all day.
  • If you’re under a lot of stress.
  • Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that can cause feet perspiration. It is a condition with the primary symptom of excessive sweating, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature.

Foot perspiration can lead to foot odor where the sweat soaks into shoes and they don’t dry before they are worn again. Bacteria on the skin break down sweat from the pore and an unpleasant odor is released as the sweat decomposes. Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, can also lead to bad foot odor.

The most effective and simple way to cure foot odor involves washing your feet as regularly as twice a day with antibacterial soap. Other ways to keep feet fresh and maintain personal hygiene are:

  • Never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
  • Always wear a clean change of socks.
  • Keep your toenails short and clean and remove any hard skin with a foot file. Hard skin can become soggy when damp, which provides an ideal home for bacteria.
  • If you’re particularly susceptible to sweaty feet, it’s a good idea to:
  • Dab between your toes with cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit after a shower or bath – surgical spirit helps dry out the skin between the toes really well – in addition to drying them with a towel
  • Use a spray deodorant or antiperspirant on your feet – a normal underarm deodorant or antiperspirant works just as well as a specialist foot product and will cost you less
  • Some sports socks have ventilation panels to keep feet dry, and antibacterial socks are impregnated with chemicals to discourage the odor-producing bacteria that feed on sweat. You can try them.
  • Wear leather or canvas shoes, as they let your feet breathe, unlike plastic ones
  • When you can, wear open-toed sandals in hot weather conditions.


Author: Ope Adedeji