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Foot hygiene

Along with poor foot hygiene comes smelly feet. The main cause of smelly feet is a build up of bacteria which produce acid causing the odour.

Bacteria and other micro-organisms thrive in warm, dark and moist environments. If you remove these conditions, the micro-organisms will not survive.

Good foot hygiene practises

These measures will reduce bacteria to low levels:

  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes
  • Change your socks at least once a day (change your shoes as well if you do sweat a lot)
  • Wear thick, soft socks to help absorb the moisture. Natural fibre socks such as wool or cotton and other absorbent materials are better
  • Avoid the use of nylon socks or plastic shoes. Wear shoes that are made of leather, canvas, mesh or other materials that let the feet breathe

Its is best not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row because they need time to dry out. Remove the insoles from your shoes to help to dry them out. You may also want to spray the inside of your shoes with a odour-controlling product.

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