The sole of the foot contains more eccrine glands than any other part of the body. The average foot releases on average 4.5 litres of moisture, or sweat, every week. The medical term for excess sweating is hyperhidrosis, while the term for foot odour is bromohydrosis.
Contrary to popular belief, sweat itself is odourless. It is bacteria reacting with the sweat that causes the odour. Certain chemicals, produced by bacteria (such as butanoic acid, methanethiol, and methylbutanoate), are the root cause of unpleasant odour.
Products such as deodorants may mask the smell, while antiperspirants may temporarily help to reduce the release of moisture. However, only a product that targets the bacteria can prevent the root cause of foot odour.
Visit our ‘Peditech’ page to see how PediTech ActiFresh can stop foot odour.