Bad smelling feet isn’t something that people like to hear about or have. Having smelly feet is quite embarrassing, especially when you have to take your shoes off in front of many people.
Foot odour is very unpleasant. Some people say it smells like rotten cheese and others say it smells like rubbish. Smelly feet smell bad no matter which way you look at it. A lot of people are related to or know someone with bad foot odour.
People have many different ways of hiding foot odor. Spraying perfume or neutralising spray on their feet is only a source of temporary relief. Shoes that restrict air flow are no good when it comes to removing foot odours.
Sweat is the main thing that makes our feet smell bad. Bad smelling feet is mainly due to sweat building up in our shoes and in our socks. The sweat is usually trapped in the socks or the insides of the shoes and after a long period of time the smells start to come out.
The human body’s feet have over two hundred thousand sweat glands. The feet perspire a lot of sweat every day. Sweat is essentially salt and water. The smell isn’t from the sweat, but from the bacteria on our skin which feeds on the sweat.
The bacteria eating the sweat will excrete waste that has a very strong and bad odour. This bad odour is hard to get rid of. The bacteria found on the skin of our body is quite normal. Constant showering every few hours could remove a lot of this bacteria but they will just keep coming back.
Our feet smell particular bad compared with our armpits or hands which also contain a lot of sweat glands because our feet are typically covered with socks and shoes. Sweat is trapped in our socks and shoes and bacteria are having an all-you-can-eat banquet inside your shoes. They will feed off the sweat and then excrete foul-smelling odours.
Everyone has a different odour because our bodies only allow certain bacteria to survive on the skin. Different people allow different kinds which is why everyone smells different. A person that is sweating more often than another will more than likely have smelly feet.
Foot health isn’t a topic we hear about every day. Looking after our foot health to get rid of bad-smelling foot odours is quite easy. Just wear comfortable foot wear that have great air ventilation. Change socks once or twice a day and wash your feet at least once a day.
In conclusion, washing your feet and wearing the right foot wear can lead to great foot health and great smelling feet.