Hamburg (dpa / tmn) - Special deodorant for the feet can be an effective remedy for unpleasant odors from the shoe. First, those affected should try it with consistent hygiene - and maybe with new shoes. This is what dermatologist Ingrid Schmoeckel advises in the magazine "Good Health".

Unpleasant foot odor arises from sweating - which is why people also speak of sweaty feet. How much someone sweats on their feet is, among other things, a matter of disposition.

With intensive sweating, a foot deodorant can serve well, the expert says. Compared to regular deodorant, the products for the feet usually have a higher aluminum content - simply because there are more sweat glands on the feet than elsewhere.

However, it is more important to wash your sweaty feet more often, with water and soap, and then to dry them just as thoroughly. Otherwise, for example, germs can easily form and multiply in moist toe spaces. The result is smells or athlete's foot again.

Changing shoes can also help. Because thick, closed shoes prevent sweat from evaporating. If the lining is still made of synthetic leather, which cannot absorb sweat, a real sweat chamber is created.