While most people will experience a case of smelly feet from time to time, some people live in fear of taking their shoes off.
The medical term for smelly feet is bromodosis. The good news is that there are many treatments available to reduce the incidence of the condition.
Fast facts on smelly feetHere are some key points about smelly feet. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
- The underlying reason for most cases of smelly feet is bacteria and moisture.
- Smelly feet are not usually a medical concern, but they can affect a person’s relationships with others and cause self-consciousness.
- People naturally have bacteria that live on the feet.
- When the bacteria rid themselves of wastes from breaking down oils and dead skin cells, bad smells can result.
Smelly feet can cause embarrassment but are not medically serious.
Socks and shoes can cause foot sweating, which can worsen smelly feet. There are several steps a person can take to reduce the incidence of smelly feet related to footwear:
Wearing socks at any time can help with smelly feet. Socks, especially those made from sweat-wicking materials, can absorb sweat and reduce odors.
They can also easily be changed, reducing the odors that may otherwise linger inside a person’s shoes.
Shoes that have some breathability can help to reduce the incidence of sweating and moisture. People can look for shoes that have mesh panels, which allow for breathability.
Shoes made from plastic (such as “jellies”) are almost guaranteed to contribute to smelly feet because they are not breathable and promote foot sweating.
3. Alternating shoes and socks
Allowing shoes time to fully dry out between wears can help to cut down on particularly smelly feet.
Wearing one pair of shoes one day, then another pair the next day, can give the shoes enough time to dry.
A person may also wish to keep an extra pair of socks on hand to change into during the day. This can help to cut down on sweating and smell.