Foot Odour

With summer just around the corner, many people are pulling out their thongs, or flip flops, and throwing their shoes into hibernation for the next few months.

This is all great, and part of the festive season, however there can be one health problem that can ruin all this for you – foot odour.

Foot odour is a common problem, caused by excessive perspiration and the growth of bacteria on the feet.

Even the cleanest and most hygienic people can suffer from foot odour. It is one of those problems that can come and go with ease, regardless of how well you take care of yourself.

To put things into perspective, each foot has about 250,000 sweat glands that in total produce about an average cup of sweat every day.

Excessive sweating, combined with bacteria, which breeds heavily in the hotter months, can then cause bad smelling foot odour.

It is sometimes referred to as ‘cheesy feet’ as the gases that are produced by your feet are actually the same gases produce by cheese.

The good thing is that there are many simple and effective forms of treatment to overcome the problem.

The best way to reduce the growth of bacteria and treat the problem is to eliminate the sweaty warm conditions around the foot.

Mild antiseptic solutions or soaps can be useful, so too applying methylated spirits once or twice daily.

Avoiding synthetic socks is helpful and so too changing your shoes regularly and airing them out daily.

Antibiotics can be taken in extreme cases, but generally foot odour can be cured easily with the above treatments.

And remember, if all treatments fail, contact a podiatrist.

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