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Smelly feet can be an embarrassing and sometimes an uncomfortable topic, but learning more about it and how to manage and or prevent it can help. Anyone can get smelly feet. And I’m sure we have all had smelly feet at some point or another. 

Did you know approximately 250,000 sweat glands are in the feet? That can produce over half a litre of sweat per day in your feet alone. 


Many of us can manage smelly feet simply by washing daily and ensuring you wear a fresh pair of socks. However, for some of us, managing foot odour requires more attention. Foot health is essential, especially when you spend a lot of time in particular shoes — for example; runners or work boots, even you house slippers.

Sweating is the main cause of foot odour. Sweat is, in fact, odourless. However, the combination of shoes, sweat and or socks creates a warm, moist environment that allows bacteria on our skin to multiply; this produces a bad-smelling substance called isovaleric acid.

Isovaleric acid is a common factor contributing to foot odour. Foot odour increases when factors which can cause increased sweating. Being in shoes or socks with inadequate air ventilation for many hours can cause increased sweat. The hair on your feet can also intensify odour by adding an increased surface area, in which bacteria can thrive.

When working out and exercising, I often have my favourite pair of runners/sneakers that I also love to wear for hiking. After long hikes or workouts, our feet certainly can produce a lot of sweat.

Other factors that can also cause foot odour include a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Stress, medications, fluid intake and hormonal changes can also increase the amount of perspiration your body produces.

Maintaining your feet from odour build-up may require a little more attention. A foot scrub and a foot file are beneficial, especially if you have some calcified skin that is known to hold foot odour. If you have stubborn perspiration, shoe hygiene is essential too. Try using a Bi-Carb for shoes or insoles made from activated charcoal to help eliminate bad odours.

FlipNFile is a perfect addition to anyone's shower and daily foot care routine as it reduces and prevents cracked heels, callouses AND foot odour. Also, it is excellent for hands. Add it to your daily personal hygiene regime. 

There are many easy and free natural remedies out there that can also help you battle your foot odour. When paying top dollar for shoes, I take pride in taking care of them. By using a sprinkle of baking soda/bi-carb certainly helps to soak up any sweat and neutralise any odours. 

Prevent Foot Odour Before It Starts. FlipNFile recommends the following measures to prevent foot odour:

  • Practice good foot hygiene. Wash your feet daily with warm soapy water. Use your FlipNFile in shower. Be sure to dry your feet and thoroughly between your toes.
  • Use fresh socks daily.
  • Wear cotton socks or socks that absorb moisture. Socks made of nylon or polyester, have poor ventilation and can increase and trap sweat, so it is best to use cotton.
  • Dust your feet frequently with a bi-carb or a non-medicated foot powder, especially if you suffer from excessive sweating.
  • Wear shoes made of materials that let your feet breathe like leather or canvas — no plastic shoes.
  • Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes, two days in a row. Your shoes should have at least 24 hours to air out before wearing them again. 
  • Socks absorb sweat from your feet, so always wear socks with closed shoes. 
  • Wearing shoes without socks will increase the amount of sweat and odour your feet can produce.

Please find more links below for natural remedies.

Home Remedies to Try: A standard, safe, and generally effective home remedy for preventing foot odour is to soak your feet every day in strong black tea for 30 minutes. Do this each day for a week:

Use two tea bags to a litre of water. 

Boil it for 10-15 minutes. 

Then add half a litre of cold water, and soak your feet in the lukewarm solution.

In black tea, Tannic acid is present, which kills bacteria and closes your pores. This method prevents sweating and is an easy way to keep your feet dry for a long time. 

Or you can try this:

Soak your feet in 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water. Use a FlipNFile to remove excess skin build-up and minimise foot odour.

If using some of the above tips for self-care and preventative measures for smelly feet, don’t help you, consult a professional for further advice. Persistence of this condition could be potentially due to a hereditary condition or low-grade infection, this should be addressed by a GP or foot professional, such as a podiatrist.


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