“Buy the shoes, no point in being the richest bitch in the cemetery” – anonymous
Well, if you agree with the quote above (like us :D), you already know what a shoe bite is! That tiny blister on the foot caused by the continuous rubbing of a shoe making it difficult to wear or walk can actually be a problem plus you don’t want to throw away the pretties you just bought for a perfect date/occasion.
In today’s article, we will be discussing about how to prevent a shoe bite from happening in first place and some home remedies to treat it.
How to prevent shoe bites
- While buying a new shoeI always buy shoes when it looks pretty (I know its not recommended :P), so am not gonna start by saying don’t go for shoes simply because they are pretty 😛
Yeah but always try the shoe before buying, buy online only when you are sure of the size and the brand. While purchasing a running shoe, prefer a size slightly bigger than your usual size as our feet tend to swell while running.
- Soften your shoes
Another effective method to prevent a shoe bite is to soften the inside of the shoe with the help of petroleum jelly, olive oil or castor oil. Simply apply a thin layer of any of these inside the shoe at areas which cause problems. Soft insides help in preventing the shoe bite.
- Band-aid/Panty Liner
Another effective method is to stick a band-aid on the hard edges inside of the shoe or you can also use a panty liner cut in half and stick inside the shoe.
I am guilty of buying shoes that look pretty no matter how they feel in the foot, so yeah that shoe bite did happen…now what? So, here are some home remedies to relief those feet
- Aloe Vera Gel
Looks like, aloe vera is the solution to most of our skin problems these days. 🙂
Apply some aloe vera gel on the effected area and let it do it’s magic. Apart from relieving with the pain, with regular use it might also fade away that scar left behind from the bite.
- Ice Cubes
Another effective remedy is to rub some ice cubes on the effected area. Easily available, this is probably the best solution when you are out somewhere and don’t know what to do. Ice numbs the area which automatically decreases the pain and also helps in reducing the swelling.
- Petroleum Jelly
Just rub a generous amount of the petroleum jelly on the effected area, wait for some time and slip in your shoes. It is also recommended to wash your feet in the night, apply generous amount of petroleum jelly, wear your socks and sleep. Wake up to soft, smooth skin in the morning.
Similarly, coconut oil and olive oil can also be used to treat the effected area.
[Read: 10 Uses of Coconut Oil]
Remember, how in childhood days that white toothpaste used to be a solution to all the burning problems. Well, time to revamp the memory. Just apply a thin layer of the white toothpaste (not gel) on the effected area and leave it for some time or overnight and wash off with lukewarm water. Bye bye, shoe bite!!
While there are many more home remedies for treating the shoe bite, these are the ones we find effective and easy-to-do. Feel free to drop in some of your solutions to shoe bites in the comment section below. 🙂
Remember – “All it took was some really great pair of shoes” – Cindrella