New poll suggests one in 10 of us are concerned about foot odour - and running is seen as a big issue
Survey results published today showed 72% of Brits have received comments about their bad foot odour and that figure is logically going to be higher among runners, but what can be done about it if you're one of them?
The poll commissioned by Odor Eaters highlighted that one of 10 us were concerned their feet may smell and 57% said trainers were most likely to be the footwear associated with the problem.
A third of active Brits (34 percent) said sport was also more likely to give them cheesy feet syndrome – with running being the worst culprit.
Spraying perfume or deodorant in our footwear, chucking trainers in the washing machine and leaving shoes outdoors overnight are just some of the measures we take to try and freshen up our footwear.
The worries are despite the fact that no doubt most of us take a shower after a run and before meeting others.
Podiatrist Michael Harrison-Blount came out with the following tips for those concerned about whiffy feet:
1. Wash the feet with disinfecting soap
2. After rinsing, rub the feet with an alcoholic solution (surgical spirit or hand hygiene gels)
3. Use antiperspirants tailored for feet such as Odor-Eaters Sport Foot & Shoe Spray, rather than deodorants which simply mask the smell
4. Disinfect shoes and socks regularly with a foot specific disinfecting spray
5. Wear socks that absorb moisture, such as thick socks made of natural fibres, or special insoles designed to absorb moisture and change your socks at least twice a day if possible. Try Odor-Eaters Super Tuff insoles with extra odour fighting power for physical activity
6. Ideally wear shoes made of leather and try to alternate between different pairs of shoes every day. This will allow one pair to dry out in between use.