For many people, combatting foot odor is truly a year-round concern. Summer’s hot temps and active lifestyles often lead to sweaty, smelly feet. But it takes more than sweat for feet to smell. In fact, often factors that lead to foot odor are frequently encountered in the colder winter months as well.
Causes of Foot Odor
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not sweat that makes feet smelly—it’s bacteria. However, sweat still plays a big role in creating foot odor. How? When excessive perspiration from your feet absorbs into shoes and socks, it creates an optimal environment for bacteria to grow. This can be the cause of odor in shoes. Bacteria doubles every 20 minutes at room temperature. In an environment like shoes, which can be warm, dark and moist, bacteria might multiply at an uncontrollable level. It is advisable to keep footwear bacteria-free at all times, especially if you suffer from this problem.
Even though summer feet are frequently ventilated in flips flops and sandals, there’s no shortage of sweaty feet. Higher temps and increased physical activity—often outdoors—can quickly turn gym shoes into petri dishes of bacteria. Once summer passes and temperatures fall, winter feet are often restricted to closed-toe shoes and boots. Socks, especially those made of non-wicking, synthetic materials, can make the situation worse. In addition to sweat, socks also trap dead skin cells, oil, hair and dirt close to the skin, creating an environment that helps even more bacteria grow and thrive. And the cycle continues.
In every season, there are additional factors that contribute to foot odor, such as fungal infections (athlete’s foot) and medical conditions that cause excessive sweating, like hyperhidrosis. In both cases, the result of the condition—peeling skin or more sweat—is simply more food for bacteria.
Clean and Dry Feet are Key!
The most basic way to treat and prevent foot odor is to keep your feet as clean and dry as possible—washing the feet daily. The Footlogix Foot Soak is the ideal product for regularly cleansing the feet because its diabetic-friendly, pH-balanced, anti-microbial formula gently and effectively cleans the feet without dehydrating the skin. Also, choose moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes and, if possible, rotate closed toe shoes, such as gym shoes and work boots, so you’re not wearing the same pair every day.
Unfortunately, keeping feet clean and dry can be a real challenge no matter the season. When temperatures are low and there’s snow on the ground, heavy socks and boots may be necessary for the frigid walk to the car, but feet will surely heat up (and sweat!) once indoors. Summer not only brings increased, sweat-inducing activity, but barefoot feet can easily pick up dirt and fungal infections—more food for the odor-causing bacteria!
Fortunately, products made especially for foot and shoe odor can help.
Footlogix Foot Odor Treatments
Since sweaty feet are often impossible to avoid, Footlogix offers two ways to help you combat foot odor all year long. Footlogix Foot Fresh and Footlogix Shoe Fresh are proven to effectively kill odor-causing bacteria on the feet and in shoes. Recommended for athletes, people who wear enclosed, non-breathable shoes, or anyone that desires fresh, well-groomed feet, both treatments contain Tea Tree Oil which acts as a disinfectant to eliminate bad bacteria and neutralize foot odor. Footlogix Foot Fresh also contains menthol which cools the skin and leaves a refreshing scent.
Both treatments are easy to use! Just apply Footlogix Foot Fresh to clean, dry feet 1-2 times per day and allow to dry 3-4 seconds before putting on socks or shoes. Footlogix Shoe Fresh can be applied daily, or as needed, to more than just shoes! It can remove odor from gym bags, yoga mats, sports equipment and more. Just spray the inside of your shoes or other smelly items and allow to dry for 10 minutes before wearing or using.
With regular use, your feet and shoes will be fresh and odor-free in any season!