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Foot Odour

With 250,000 sweat glands - a higher concentration than any other part of the body - it's hardly surprising that the feet can produce around half-a-pint of sweat per day.


Odour is released when bacteria on the skin break the sweat down.

With 250,000 sweat glands, feet sweat more than other parts of the body. The thicker skin on the soles of the feet has a much higher concentration of sweat glands than is found anywhere else on the body.

Usually the main function of sweat glands is to regulate temperature. However, on the sole of the foot, the sweat is produced to keep the skin moist and supple and improve grip on the ground. Sweat glands on the feet secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise, as is the case elsewhere on the body.


Smelly feet and sweatiness


Deodorising sprays for both your feet and your shoes such as Scholl Odour Control Foot Spray and Scholl Odour Control Shoe Spray. These will effectively tackle the problem of foot perspiration and odour.

Scholl deodorising insoles also destroy odour build-up whilst maintaining comfort.

Don’t forget to treat your shoes too. Use an antibacterial and antifungal combined spray like Scholl Odour Control Shoe, which continue working whilst the shoes are not being worn

  • Simple hygiene is effective
  • Choose leather shoes that fit well and that allow your feet to breathe
  • Try and wear socks made of natural material, such as wool or cotton
  • Allow shoes to dry out before wearing them again



Consult your doctor or pharmacist or healthcare assistant for advice or if you have an underlying medical condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if symptoms persist.

Also seek advice on footcare if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from diabetes or allergies