Smelly Feet and Running


Throughout the average day, the body naturally perspires to regulate heat in the body. In some individuals, natural perspiration is excessive in the feet which results in sweaty feet. This condition is known as Hyperhidrosis and is defined as the production of perspiration beyond what is necessary to cool the body. Sweaty feet can result in very smelly feet! This condition can be very embarrassing for the affected runner.

Change socks daily or if necessary twice daily, cotton socks absorb perspiration but are more likely to cause blisters For someone with a clod clammy foot, wool is the best material (fine grade merino wool rather than coarse wool which was used in older styles of sock) and for someone with hot sweaty feet then a man made fibre (60–70% wool combined with 40-30% man-made fibre) which keeps moisture away from the foot and works best to transfer the sweat away from the foot. Avoid Nylon socks!

Wear footwear that allows air to circulate around the feet. Sandals and certain types of trainers can be ideal. Salt water foot baths may be of some benefit.

How it affects your Running

Runners that have excessively smelly feet may also have sweaty feet. This can result in painful blisters.


Treatment of Smelly or Sweaty Feet

Sweaty feet and Smelly feet can be an embarrassing condition that causes distress to your family, your friends (especially after a long run!) and affects your self confidence. I usually recommend my patients to purchase Callusan Fresh Mousse which can provide immediate relief by using a unique 4-way action.

(1) Keeps feet dry and fresh,
(2) prevents odours,
(3) stops microbial infections (by keeping feet clean) and
(4) revitalizes fatigued skin with nourishing emollients such as glycerine.

Clinical trials have reported that this unique foot mousse stops sweaty smelly feet.