what are the causes of foot odor?:

South Korea
March 25, 2008 6:03am CST
yesterday i take a bus to go to the market...suddenly i smell something when the man next to me raise his feet..gosh..it was a foot odor i was very uncomfortable so i get up and prefer to stand..how about you?what are the causes of foot odor? plz,share
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@balasri (26553)
• India
25 Mar 08
The main thing that feeds foot smell is sweat. With more than 250,000 sweat glands each, your feet are among the most perspiring parts of the body. In one day, each foot can produce more than a pint of sweat! Sweat is basically just salt and water, though, so it doesn't have a distinctive smell of its own. The smell is actually caused by bacteria on our skin that eats the sweat and excretes waste that has a strong odor. It's perfectly normal to have bacteria on your skin, and it doesn't ordinarily produce a noticeable smell, but sweat attracts bacteria and gives them a whole lot to feed on.
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• Philippines
11 Aug 09
Foot odor is due to the feet having a lot of sweat glands, like the armpit. This makes the feet a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. When the bacteria feed on your skin, it releases an organic acid which doesn't smell good. So the more the sweat, the happier the bacteria, the stinkier the smell. I got this from Chris & Chat Spa at http://spaandfacialcarecenter.blogspot.com/
@biggerb (2028)
• India
24 May 08
Some people sweat alot on their feet this can cause a terrible odour, then i have seen many people who do not change their socks, their dirty filthy socks too can cause thsi foul odour.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 08
Hi dear marketing, it is really disgusting when we happen to smell any of the foot odor especially in the confined air-con room or bus. I did have this unpleasant experience when I shared a hotel room with a friend. The night when we came back from outside after a hard day trip, once she entered the room she took out her socks and shoes and I promptly got the awful smell. Luckily she soon entered the bathroom to enjoy her showering and I then quickly put her shoes outside the doorway. I think the odor of her feet came from the accumulated sweat and dust on the socks as well as the poorly aerated shoes.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
25 Mar 08
Hello dear marketing friend. I think that it is because we walk too much and also it depends on the body smell of a person. It is a good habit to always change the socks every day and air the shoes to reduce the bad smell of both the shoes and the feet. Thank you.
@youless (94301)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Mar 08
There are some reasons to cause the foot odor. The bacteria is the main factor to create the odor smell. In fact feet also need to have a breath. If you wear shoes all day long in a hot weather, the foot sweat will cause a bad smelling. So when you are home, it's better for you to take off the shoes and let your feet to have a breath.
@sandeep_t (428)
• India
25 Mar 08
Foot stinks just not because of the sweat alone. When we use the used scoks, it would already accry bacteria with it. When this socks is used for very long, the moist and dark place become breeding ground and activates the bacteria. This is waht actually causes bad odour. It is always adviced to remove your shoe for 5 min every 3 hrs so that the light would destroy the bacteria. USe clean socks Wash your feet cleanly every time you take out your shoe when u reach home
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
25 Mar 08
Its bacteria that causes foot odor. Bacteria grows in the shoes and in the foot especially when it is moist. One of the ways to prevent foot odor is to air the shoes to keep it dry and live it under the sun for an hour or so to kill the bacteria. Or you could spray it with some bacteria killing agent.
• United States
25 Mar 08
I have no clue as my feet don't stink. I was on a bus in Miami and boy this man removed his shoes right in front of me. I was going off on that bus. I told that man he had no right to remove his shoes on a public bus. He put his stinking shoe on and went to the front of the bus. Then a few stops down the road he got off. Boy that mess was horrible.