Foot odor requires no definition, but it may require explanation. We at NOPA are happy to oblige.
The feet and hands contain more sweat glands than any other part of the body, with roughly 3000 glands per square inch. That adds up to around 250,000 sweat glands in the feet alone!
Causes of Foot Odor
- Alcohol or drug use
- Athlete's foot
- Hormonal changes
- Hyperhidrosis (unusually sweaty feet)
- Inadequate hygiene
- Sweating--it's not the sweat that smells, but the sweat's interaction with the bacteria that thrive in shoes and socks
Symptoms of Foot Odor
- Well...foot odor!
Treatments for Foot Odor
- Prescription medications
- Using clinical strength antiperspirants
Prevention of Foot Odor
- Changing your socks and shoes at least once a day
- Checking for fungal infections on your feet or toenails
- Practicing good foot hygiene to keep bacteria levels at a minimum
- Using a nanosilver spray in your shoes to kill odor causing microbial agents
- Wearing different shoes on consecutive days to allow the shoes to air out--typically 24 hours is required
- Wearing socks with shoes
- Wearing shoes made of leather, canvas, mesh, or other materials (no plastics) that allow your feet to breath
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