Smelly feet: Causes, remedies and cures

What causes smelly feet?

Your feet are the natural habitat of millions of bacteria, which thrive on your sweat and shed skin cells. By-products produced by these bacteria are what give feet that stinky smell. When you seal your feet in a pair of shoes and they pour out sweat, you give the bacteria more food to feast on. Foot odour can also be caused by poorly controlled fungal infections, such as athlete's footPeople with diabetes or heart disease, as well as elderly people in general, are often more prone to foot infections and foot odour due to inefficient blood circulation.

Home remedies for smelly feet

  • After a bath or shower, blow-dry your feet with a hair dryer set to its lowest temperature. This is especially good advice if you are prone to athlete's foot or nail fungus as it helps to prevent infection and reduces moisture.

Tips to prevent smelly feet

  • The best cure, of course, is to stop wearing shoes–so get rid of those smelly old slippers and pad around the house (at least) barefoot whenever possible.

Severe foot odour

See your GP if you have athlete's foot that does not clear up with home treatment, excessive sweating even without trainers, or any signs of fungal infection on the nails. You may have an infection that requires a prescription antibiotic or antifungal medication.