The Facts on Foot Odour & Perspiration:

What Is Foot Odour & Sweat?

Foot odour is a common foot skin issue. When you have sweaty feet, the excess foot perspiration soaks the lining of your shoes and socks, and creates an environment for bacteria, which can grow and cause a bad odour.

Image of bottom of feet demonstrating  sweaty foot. 

Smelly feet and/or shoes especially when you first take your shoes off are the most common signs of foot odour.

People who wear poorly ventilated shoes, synthetic or non-leather boots, or non-wicking socks made of polyester or nylon may be more likely to have persistent foot odour.

What Causes Foot Odour & Perspiration?

Sweaty feet allow bacteria to grow, and the bacteria that feed off the dead skin cells from your feet are the biggest cause of foot odour.


If you’re wondering how to reduce foot odour there are some things you can try to help manage it. For example:

  • Try one of these Dr. Scholl’s® products
  • Keep your feet dry and ventilated
  • Change your shoes daily to allow them to dry out thoroughly
  • Wear clean, cotton socks to help wick perspiration from the skin
  • Use powders or other drying agents
  • Practice good daily hygiene (wash and dry your feet well)

Not a medical diagnosis. For information purposes only. If you have diabetes, poor blood circulation, or fragile skin, or symptoms are severe or persist, consult your podiatrist or physician before using products.

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