Smelly, Sweaty Feet - Why do my feet smell

Hands and feet sweat up to three times as much as any other part of the body. Healthy feet should not smell. Eccrine sweat is odorless and sterile and only becomes smelly when broken down by microbial action.

Factors that contribute to smelly feet are hyperhydrosis (increased sweating) and maceration (sogginess) due to inhibition of evaporation by socks or footwear.

Sweating may be increased by many factors including anxiety, fear, anguish and pain. Other factors include heat, exercise, illness, hormonal disorders (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, pregnancy, menopause and anemia. Metabolic factors including obesity, gout, alcohol and drugs may also increase sweating.

Hyperhydrosis and occlusion by footwear result in the feet remaining moist, which leads to the feet becoming soggy or macerated. This maceration reduces the body’s resistance to fungal and bacterial infections. Microorganisms multiply and begin to break down sweat and the macerated skin which produces smelly feet. The technical term for this condition is bromhidrosis.

Control of Bromhidrosis:

1 Wash feet twice daily with anti-bacterial soap (Phisohex, Sapoderm Surgical, Crice Sport)

2 Use a topical antiseptic (Aqiam)

3 Replace nylon socks and stockings with cotton or wool socks with better absorbency

4 Aerate footwear (alternate between 2 pairs of shoes)

5 Maximize exposure of bare feet to the air

6 Use topical powders (prantal, pedoz, talk)

7 Try foot soaks (potassium permanganate, Burrows Solution, formalin)

If all of the above fail, contact one of our recommended podiatrists for more options.

Docpods orthotics are antibacterial treated orthotics that help to limit bacterial growth.  Orthotics that will help to limit Smelly, Sweaty Feet can be found below.




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THE KEY STEPS TO GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE DOCPODS:

FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

NON FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

1. Measure your existing shoe insole:

 1. Measure from your heel to ball of foot:


 

2. Then compare your measurements from above to match the product size charts below:
(you can trim to fit the insoles by approximately 1cm)


Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports


  US UK EURO SLIMLINE 3 QUARTER  SPORTS 
Size  cm cm cm
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40 16  16.3  25.8
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43  17.4 17.2  27.4
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47 19.3   18.2 29.4

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra Soft

  XXS XS S M L XL
EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14
LENGTH (cm) 23.2cm 24.9cm 26.2cm 28.8cm 30cm  31.2cm

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only

  Size SPORTS  SLIMLINE
XXS 12-1  19.5cm 13cm 
XS 2-3 22.4cm  15.3cm 

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit

  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14
LENGTH (cm) 26.5cm 29.2cm