Location: West Midlands
Location: South West England
Location: South East Coast
Speciality: Community Paediatric
A significant proportion of people in the UK are suffering from problems relating to smelly feet, and are often unsure of how best to deal with them.
This is according to a new consumer survey from Odor-Eaters, which polled 2,000 British adults and found that more than one in ten said they "constantly" suffer from smelly feet, while 72 per cent have had someone make a comment about their foot odour.
The survey went on to show that 19 per cent of those surveyed said they are genuinely paranoid about the smell of their own feet, with 63 per cent saying this summer's hot weather is making the problem worse.
It was also revealed that 87 per cent of respondents agreed that men were more likely to suffer from this ailment that women, while 46 per cent said they have purchased sprays, lotions and insoles to deal with the issue. Other common solutions include spraying perfume or deodorant inside footwear, throwing trainers in the washing machine or leaving shoes outdoors overnight.
Podiatrist Michael Harrison-Blount said: "We all suffer from smelly feet from time to time - especially in the summer months. But it can be a real problem if you're suffering all the time and people are making comments.
"A combination approach of reducing the activity of the sweat glands and disinfection of the skin and footwear give the best results when trying to reduce sweaty smelly feet. A good home foot health regime is important in managing sweaty and smelly feet."
He advised that people affected by this issue should look to wash and disinfect their feet, shoes and socks as often as possible, and to wear socks that absorb moisture, as well as shoes made of leather. The podiatrist also recommended alternating between different pairs of shoes each day.
Written by Angela Newbury
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