Foot odor is very common in both men and women and is caused by excessive sweat. This sweat leads to the growth of bacteria on the skin, socks and shoes. The bacterium thrives in a humid and dark environment and eventually produces the smell medically known as bromodosis.
The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body and release sweat to keep the body fresh throughout the day. While each individual is different, people who stand all day, going through growth phases that increase hormones or experiencing stress, as well as those who have certain medical conditions, tend to have more sweaty feet. While everyone has bacteria on the skin and feet, people with more active sweat glands find more growth and bacterial odor. Poor hygiene and improper care of socks and shoes can make the condition worse.
There are prescription treatments available that help control sweat production and treat infections caused by bacteria and fungi. But there are also simple steps and inexpensive products that you can use at home to help keep odors under control.