Having foot odor can be a very embarrassing condition, but there are things that can be done to help reduce or even eliminate odor. The foot has more sweat glands than any other part on the human body. Odor in the foot occurs because feet sweat throughout the day. When the sweat is released it becomes bacteria. The bacterium feeds on dead skin cells and an organic acid is released, which causes the bad odor. Here are some ways to prevent foot odor.
The most important thing is to keep your shoes and socks dry. When feet are wet it causes them to release bacteria and odor. If you often are sweaty throughout the day, it is a good idea to change your socks a couple times a day.
You also want to make sure that old socks are thrown away. Not all bacteria are killed when socks are washed, and will have to eventually be thrown out. Keeping fresh socks will reduce foot odor.
Washing your feet often is another important step to keep odor down. Washing help kill bacteria. You also will want to exfoliate your feet to remove dead skin cells.
Anti- bacterial sprays can be used on footwear that has developed an odor. If you are an athlete you may want two pairs of sneakers so they can be swapped out and the other pair will have the chance to fully dry. You can also add replaceable insoles which can easily be replaced once they start to smell.