Our feet get us from one place to another, helping us to accomplish many things, break through our limitations, and discover new horizons. That’s why it’s so important to take care of them!
Sweating is a normal phenomenon that helps regulate body temperature. But when sweating becomes excessive on the feet, it can cause discomfort, release unpleasant odours, and affect the well-being of the person living with it. The same goes for blisters and fatigue after long hikes. Here are a few tips to help you rediscover total comfort in your shoes!
Plantar hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the feet
Foot perspiration results from the action of sweat glands—also known as sudoriparous glands—located under the skin on the soles of the feet. These glands produce sweat, which releases excess heat and thus balances the body’s temperature. When perspiration becomes excessive, we speak of plantar hyperhidrosis. This can occur as a result of a hormonal disorder, intense emotion, or exercise.
If you wear shoes that don’t allow air to circulate freely, your feet will end up in a moist environment that encourages the proliferation of bacteria. These bacteria, in contact with sweat, are responsible for the unpleasant odours we dread so much… and would love to get rid of!
Prevent sweating and foot odour
There are a number of tips and tricks that can help reduce uncomfortable wetness and unpleasant odours around your feet.
Adopt good hygiene
First rule: wash yourself properly as often as necessary. It’s possible that summer is more conducive to excessive sweating, particularly because of the heat and the long hikes it inspires. Feel free to wash your feet twice a day with an antibacterial soap, taking care to dry the space between your toes.
If your socks get wet, chances are your feet will too! Putting on a new pair of clean socks, ideally made from natural, non-synthetic fibres such as cotton, bamboo, and wool is a great way to keep your feet dry all day long.
Find the right shoe for you! Make sure your shoes fit properly and that your feet can breathe. Leather and canvas are the best materials for combating moisture, while rubber and plastic should be avoided. Choosing insoles with absorbent and antibacterial properties can also help eliminate unpleasant odours.
A natural deodorant for your feet
For the best protection against unpleasant odours, Déodoroche natural deodorant is just what you need. Suitable for all kinds of body sweat, its spray formula works perfectly on feet. Made from crystallized mineral salts, it’s aluminum free, safe, hypoallergenic, and suitable for all skin types. And it lasts up to 24 hours.
A must for long hikes when you need to keep your shoes odour free!
An essential oil–based solution for sweating
In her book Les huiles essentielles, ça marche!, published by Éditions Leduc in 2015, Danièle Festy, a specialist in phytotherapy and aromatherapy, suggests a simple, effective recipe for reducing foot sweating and avoiding the problems that can result from it, such as athlete’s foot and unpleasant odours. Try it at home!
Mix in a bottle and apply a few drops of the formula to the affected areas morning and evening, after washing.
For more comfort: solutions for blisters and foot fatigue
In addition to uncomfortable sweating, other problems, such as blisters and fatigue, can affect your feet when you’re active. Go about your business in comfort and avoid those little inconveniences that make your life difficult!
Arnica homeopathic pain relief cream
If you’re a serious runner, Arnica + cream should have a special place in your medicine cabinet. Applying it before and after your workout helps prevent blisters and inflammation. That means you can slip on your running shoes and hit the road as often as you like, free of pain!
Homeopathic first-aid creams
To help blisters heal and close, Calendula + soothing cream is a precious ally. Made from the Mediterranean botanical of the same name, it promotes healing, softens dry skin, and soothes rough, chapped skin. Because it’s non-greasy, there’s no danger of having clammy feet!
We spend hours of every day on our feet, on our way to work, playing sports, or simply moving about the house. Pampering, caring for, and keeping them dry is simple, accessible and… natural!
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