Safety shoes for smelly feet

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Safety shoes for smelly feet

On the market there is a wide choice of safety shoes, and at first sight they look all the same, although there are actually great differences among the various types. In this article my goal is to give you some advice about the best Safety shoes for smelly feet.Safety shoes for smelly feet

I will try to give you an idea of what problems can be avoided by using the right kind of safety shoes.

I am sure this article will be a big help to you so that you will be able to choose the perfect pair of safety shoes for your foot perspiration problem.

Feet can smell for several reasons, but in most cases there are simple and effective treatments that can solve or reduce this problem in no time. Also known as bromhidrosis, excessive and smelly sweating happens during any season.

In most cases the reason for bad odor is excessive sweating, along with the mistake of using the same shoes every day.

Safety shoes for smelly feet

Why do feet sweat?

Anyone can have sweaty feet, regardless of the temperature or the time of the year.

Moreover, there are higher chances of excessive sweating in case of works where it is necessary to be on your feet all day, in case of stress, or if you have a condition called hyperhidrosis, that makes you sweat more than normal. Fungal infections, like athlete’s foot, can lead to bad odor too.

In general you will experience bad odor when the sweat is absorbed by the socks or the shoes, and you keep using them nonetheless.


How to treat smelly feet

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There is a simple, fast and safe solution for reducing your foot problems.

Remember to wash your feet with an antibacterial soap. There are a lot of products for the hygiene of your feet, and if they’re used regularly, they will solve or reduce your problem in a short time.


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Preventing bad odors

Keep your feet fresh and dry through good personal hygiene and by wearing different safety shoes in different days.

Choose safety shoes appropriate for smelly feet and, if possible, avoid wearing them two days in a row. It costs nothing to have two pairs of safety shoes and to alternate them: they will last twice as long anyways. If  you really don’t want to have two pairs of safety shoes at least buy an additional insole, and change it every day.

Wash and dry your feet carefully every day; change your socks at least once a day (ideally the socks should be of materials that help the transpiration).

Keep the nails of your feet short and clean and remove the dead skin. When it is moist, dead skin is the ideal habitat for bacteria.

If your feet tend to sweat abundantly, you may consider the following tricks:

clean the area between the toes with a cotton ball soaked in a disinfectant after the shower or bath: this will help to keep the area between your toes dry;

use a spray deodorant or foot powder;

breathable socks: some sport and work socks are particularly breathable, which will help keep your feet dry. Antibacterial socks contain substances which kill the bacteria that feed on sweat and produce bad odor;

wear safety shoes of leather or canvas, which are very breathable, unlike synthetic materials;

after work you should wear sandals or breathable shoes, and be barefoot as often as possible.


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When is it advisable to see a doctor?

Bad smelling feet are a harmless problem, and normally also easy to fix. Sometimes, however, it can be a sign of a medical condition.

See your doctor if the solutions mentioned above don’t seem to work, or if you suspect your transpiration is higher than normal.

Your doctor may advise you a pharmacological antifungal treatment. There is also a therapy called iontophoresis, which consists in applying a light electric current to the feet, which are submerged in water.

Safety shoes for smelly feet


Safety shoes for smelly feet

Often the cause of this problem is poor ventilation inside the shoes. The growth of bacteria can lead to bad odor and other complications, including infections.

Don’t forget to buy a good pair of well- safety shoes;

  • if you need S2 or S3 safety shoes (that are  waterproof and hence less breathable than others) you should choose a high-quality product. Indeed, cheap leather and lining are often not very breathable, and that would worsen your transpiration problem;
  • if you need S1 or S1P safety shoes you should prefer breathable materials, perforated, or even safety sandals if your job allows them;
  • don’t neglect the insole: a good one of antibacterial PU foam, possibly with activated charcoal and perforated will be of great help;
  • tie your shoes well, but not too tight;
  • use sport or work shoes of dri fit or other materials that absorb moisture and keep the feet dry.
  • The best advice is still having two pairs of safety shoes and alternating them daily.

Finally, don’t forget the regular maintenance of the shoe with spray deodorant and anti-bacterial. Use foot powder and change your socks as often as possible, even more than once a day.


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Safety shoes for smelly feet> Conclusions

These were some life hacks to find the right safety shoes for your foot problems.

If you follow this guide and you wear the right safety footwear, you will have more comfort and safety at work.

I assure you that if you get the right model of safety footwear for your needs, working will become a better experience for you!

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Robert Frog
I was born in London in 1975 and still live here. I could define myself, summing up in a few words my long working career, a great expert in the field of foot and foot problems. Immediately after graduating in Motor Science I started working in an orthopaedics in which orthotics were made to measure for people with foot problems. In 1999 I was hired as Key Account Manager in a well-known chain of safety footwear and other personal protective equipment. Among my clients I had several industries, which I visited regularly to understand the needs of workers, both in terms of protection and comfort. During these years I have consolidated my knowledge on foot problems. Furthermore, I studied carefully the products I proposed: attending courses, participating in trade fairs and, often, accepting the invitation of manufacturers to visit the factories. I was thus able to observe closely the techniques and materials used to produce the best safety shoes. Since 2015 I have been collaborating with the PPE Academy for the content of Safety Shoes Today.

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