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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 11, 2015
TO ALL ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW
The judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT) of the Judiciary of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is pleased to extend an invitation to all Attorneys-at-Law to
attend a panel discussion on the topic, "Who's Afraid of Human Rights? The Judge's
Dilemma," by The Honourable Dame Linda Dobbs D.B.E. The panel discussion will take
place at the Convocation Hall, Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain at 1.30 p.m. on Thursday 14th
This discussion is the second part of the fifth annual Distinguished Jurist Lecture hosted by
the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT).
The members of the panel will include:
• The Honourable Madame Justice Maureen, Rajnauth-Lee,
Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice
• Dr. Francis Alexis,
President of the Law Association of Grenada
• Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine,
Dean, Faculty of Law, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
• Dr. Dylan Kerrigan,
Lecturer, Anthropology and Political Sociology, Department of Behaviourial Sciences,
The University of West Indies, St. Augustine
Guests are asked to be seated by 1.20 p.m to facilitate a prompt start of the programme.
Smelly feet aren t fun for anyone but there are
simple things you can do to make sure yours stay
Medically known as bromodosis, stinky feet are a
common year-round problem. It can be embarrassing
and unpleasant for you and people around you.
The main cause is sweaty feet combined with
wearing the same shoes every day. There are more
sweat glands in our feet than anywhere else in the
body. Anyone can get sweaty feet, regardless of the
temperature or time of year. But teenagers and preg-
nant women are especially prone because hormonal
changes make them sweat more.
You re also more likely to have foot perspiration
if you re on your feet all day, if you re under a lot
of stress or you have a medical condition called
hyperhidrosis, which makes you sweat more than
usual. Fungal infections, such as athlete s foot, can
also lead to bad foot odour.
According to Lorraine Jones, chiropodist and
spokeswoman for the Society of Chiropodists and
Podiatrists, feet become smelly if sweat soaks into
shoes and they don t dry before you wear them again.
Bacteria on the skin break down sweat as it comes
from the pores. A cheesy odour is released as the
"Your feet sweat into your shoes all day so they
get damp and bacteria start to grow. The bacteria
continue to breed once you ve taken your shoes off,
especially if you put them in a dark cupboard. Then,
when you put your shoes back on the next day, even
if you ve just had a shower, putting your feet into
still damp shoes creates the perfect conditions for
the bacteria to thrive---warm, dark and moist."
Preventing smelly feet
According to Lorraine, keeping feet fresh and sweet
smelling is all down to good personal hygiene and
changing your shoes regularly.
"The key is never to wear the same pair of shoes
two days in a row," Lorraine says. "Instead, wear dif-
ferent shoes on successive days so they have a min-
imum of 24 hours to dry out. And make sure teenage
boys have two pairs of trainers so that they don t
have to wear the same pair for two or more consecutive
Lorraine says that it s also important to wash and
dry your feet every day and to change your socks
(ideally wool or cotton, not nylon) at least once a
If you re particularly susceptible to sweaty feet,
Lorraine suggests that you could also:
• Dab between your toes with cotton wool dipped
in surgical spirit after a shower or bath, in addition
to drying them with a towel.
• Use a spray deodorant or antiperspirant on your
feet; a normal underarm deodorant or antiperspirant
works just as well as a specialist foot product and
will cost you less.
• Put medicated insoles, which have a deodorising
effect, in your shoes.
• Try feet-fresh socks; some sports socks have
ventilation panels to keep feet dry, and antibacterial
socks are impregnated with chemicals to discourage
the odour-producing bacteria that feed on sweat.
• Wear leather or canvas shoes, as they let your
feet breathe, unlike plastic ones.
• Wear open-toe sandals in summer and go barefoot
at home in the evenings.
Treating smelly feet
If you already have foot odour, the good news is
that there s a simple, quick solution.
Lorraine says: "A sure-fire way to get
rid of smelly feet is to wash your feet with
an anti-bacterial soap called Hibiscrub.
There are lots of over-the-counter foot
hygiene products at your local chemist,
but Hibiscrub is the best one.
"Leave on the Hibiscrub for a couple
of minutes, then wash it off. If you do
this twice a day, you ll definitely banish
smelly feet within a week."
Lorraine adds that you shouldn t use
Hibiscrub on your feet if you have broken
skin, such as eczema.
Smelly feet are a common problem that
usually clears up, but sometimes it can
be a sign of a medical condition. See your
GP if simple measures to reduce your foot
odour don t help, or if you re worried that
your level of sweating is abnormally high.
How to stop
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Medically known as bromodosis, stinky feet are a common year-round problem. Feet
become smelly if sweat soaks into shoes and they don't dry before you wear them again.
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