Foot odour also known as Bromodosis, is a condition that causes the feet to smell bad. It can affect anyone and fortunately can be treated quite easily. Keep reading to find out what causes foot odour and how to treat it.
What is Foot Odour?
Foot Odour (Bromodosis) is a common condition when your feet are excessively smelly all the time and all year round. The foot odour can occur even though you may not have been walking or doing exercise and can occur in anyone.
Our bodies have more sweat glands on our feet than anywhere else including our armpits. Foot odour is caused through bacteria that is activated due to the sweating. The bacteria can multiply in your damp skin and the breakdown of the bacteria can cause foot odour.
Causes of Foot Odour
Foot odour is caused by bacteria that grow on the skin of the feet. The bacteria feed on sweat and other secretions on the skin and produce an unpleasant smell.
Sweating is one of the main factors that can contribute to foot odour. The sweating can be caused by wearing closed-toe shoes that do not allow the feet to breathe, shoes made from synthetic materials, shoes that are too tight and shoes that are worn daily and not left long enough to dry.
Other factors that can contribute to foot odour include poor foot hygiene, fungal infections, changes in hormones, stress and certain medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis, foot ulcers or bacterial infections.
Foot Odour Symptoms
Symptoms of foot odour include:
- A strong smell
- Wet or damp feet
- Excessive sweating
- Fungal and bacterial infections
Treatments for Foot Odour
There are several ways to treat foot odour, but the most effective method is to have a good foot care routine. Here’s our tips for practising a good foot care routine:
- Wash your feet daily with soap and water, paying extra attention to the areas between your toes.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after washing, especially between the toes.
- Use an antifungal powder or spray on your feet and shoes to help prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.
- Change your socks daily and look for bamboo or silver socks with antibacterial properties.
- Regularly rotate your shoes ensuring you wear a different pair every day, letting your shoes have 24 hours to dry out before wearing them again.
- Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe such as leather, open toe shoes and sandals.
- Use insoles or inserts in your shoes to absorb moisture and help keep your feet dry.
- Consider using antiperspirant on your feet to reduce sweating.
- Keep your nails trimmed and hard skin filed.
- If you have diabetes, poor circulation or classed as immunocompromised, seek advice from your local podiatrist on further treatment.