Foot Odor 101
Excessive foot wetness (or Hyperhidrosis) is a common problem suffered by approximately one-fourth of the population. The foot has 250,000 sweat glands, the highest concentration of sweat glands of the entire body. Those with Hyperhidrosis have a greater chance of having foot odor, especially those who wear closed shoes or socks made from synthetic materials for long periods of time. Excessive moisture increases the chance for bacterial growth…When bacteria feed on sweat and dead skin cells, foot odor is the result.
The issue can be unpleasant, embarrassing, and unfortunately an on-going problem. However, it can be treated effectively with proper care and products designed for foot odor and wetness.
Here are some tips to keep your feet fresh and dry throughout the day:
- Bathe your feet daily…scrub gently and thoroughly between the toes using an antibacterial soap. When finished, dry your feet completely.
- Wear well-ventilated shoes, preferably made from natural material – your feet will breathe better.
- If possible, avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row. Store shoes in a location which allows them to air out and dry. For shoes and boots with removable insoles, consider removing the insole after wearing to help shoes dry more quickly/thoroughly.
- Wear socks made from cotton or other absorbent material.
- Use products designed to treat foot odor and wetness. Odor-Eaters® provides a full line of products for adults and kids (Stink Stoppers) designed specifically to treat foot odor and wetness.
- Odor-Eaters Foot Powder contains a blend of highly effective odor fighters in a moisture absorbing formula for drier, odor-free feet.
- Odor-Eaters Insoles contain super activated charcoal, baking soda, zinc oxide and advanced odor blockers providing “always on-duty” protection with the benefit of added comfort.
- Odor-Eaters Spray Powder fights odor while treating and preventing most athlete’s foot.
- All Odor-Eaters products contain multiple active ingredients that attack the problem of foot odor and wetness in multiple ways, keeping your feet fresh and dry throughout the day.
- For products designed specifically for kids and teens try Stink Stoppers insoles and spray.
- Stink Stoppers Odor-Killing Dry Spray absorbs, traps and neutralizes odors while leaving behind a fresh, sporty scent. The package is easy to grip, and the twist-lock spray trigger is easier to aim and press. Plus there’s no cap to lose.
- Stink Stoppers Odor-Destroying Insoles have an advanced wetness-diffusing fabric and provide round-the-clock odor protection for footwear. The insoles are ultra-thin to stay comfortable under even the most active conditions and the dark blue color helps hide dirt and is less likely to be noticed when shoes are removed.
- If the problem persists, see a podiatrist.