As the name implies, foot odour occurs when your feet have an unusual and unpleasant smell. It can be a sign of fungal or bacterial infection.
Foot odour is common, usually harmless, and can often be easily treated at home. Our foot clinic sells many products that are highly effective at managing, treating and preventing foot odour.
If your foot odour persists, it’s a good idea to get a foot specialist (chiropodist) to take a look at it, since it can be a sign of a growing fungal or bacterial infection that requires further attention.
The main cause of foot odor is foot sweat (see plantar hyperhidrosis). While sweat itself is usually odorless, the moisture buildup creates a friendly environment for bacteria and fungal growth. This can then produce a foul smell.
Factors that will exacerbate foot sweat and the growth of odor-producing bacteria are:
The best way to treat (and prevent) foot odor is to practice good foot hygiene. This involves:
Foot odour treatment may also include:
Our foot clinic has a curated selection of anti-odour creams, foot powders, foot sprays and socks that are specially designed to treat and prevent foot odour. The knowledgeable staff at our foot clinic can help you find a regimen of foot care and footwear products that best suit your needs.
If you have persistent foot odour that is not going away, or coincides with other symptoms (i.e.: foot itch), it is best to see a foot specialist to check for any underlying causes requiring medical attention. To book an appointment, use our online booking form or call us at 416-769-FEET(3338). No referral is required.
Foot odour is normal and very common. However, certain risk factors may increase the likelihood, frequency and extent of it:
To prevent foot odour:
We have a great selection of the above products available for purchase at our online shop and foot clinic.