Like most of us I too am extremely prone to shoe bites. And I just cannot stop my love affair & fetish with heels, hence instead of saying goodbye to my heels I sought for options that actually work in the real world to combat and prevent shoe bites/ blisters.
Using these simple precautions I have been able to keep the shoe bites off since past 2 years and trust me my feet have never looked so beautiful.
Therefore, I am sharing these measures & precautions with you…..I hope these would be helpful for you too.
Common causes of developing a Shoe Bite?
- Shoes having sharp edges and in-seam.
- Wrong shoe size (either the shoe is smaller, tight or is bigger than your actual size).
- Sensitivity to hard leather, rexine, velcro, specialized plastic, polymers etc.
- Skin’s excessive sensitivity towards friction.
- Buy a shoe of optimum fit which is neither too tight nor loose.
Note: Before you buy a new shoe always walk for around 1-2 mins with it inside the shoe shop. If you do not feel any pain or pressure; the shoe is right for you.
- Invest in protective accessories like:
- Anti Blister Pads
- Anti Blister Balms
- Silicone Back Heel Liner Gel Cushion Pads Insole
- Ankle Open Toe Socks
- Moisturizing Silicone Gel Heel Socks
- Whenever you are going to wear a new shoe always insert your hand inside the shoe and open/loosen it up a bit.
- Apply castor oil or coconut oil on the in-seam or inner side of any sharp straps, sharp edges or areas that you feel tend to hurt your foot. Keep it for about 2-3 days. Don’t forget to wipe off the oil while wearing. Oil helps to make the shoes edges soft; it can also be applied on leather shoes. This is the most safest and natural way to avoid a shoe bite.
- Apply natural petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the in-seam or inner side of any sharp straps, sharp edges or areas of your shoes which cause shoe bite. Leave it for about two to three hours. Remember to clean it off with cotton or a cloth before wearing otherwise walking with greasy feet won’t give a nice feeling.
- Apply raw potato juice on the in-seam or inner side of any sharp straps, sharp edges or areas of your shoes which cause shoe bite and leave it for about 10-12 hours.
- For closed shoes or boots: Apply talcum powder every time you wear a new shoe. Wear socks when you wear these for the first time. You can also buy Anti-blister socks.
- Always carry a band-aid in your purse. If possible apply it before hand at the most prone area which is your area just above the heel; if wearing a new shoe for the very first time.
- Always consult a dermatologist if you develop corns or calluses as a result of repeated excessive friction from your shoes. Corns or calluses if left unattended or wrongly treated can become stubborn as well as recurrent with time and can even lead to infections.
- Also do not try to do self- medication by applying the regular medicated corn removal disks available in the market because the % of the basic ingredient (eg salicylic acid) present in these caps is important and varies depending upon the condition, type and depth of your corns/calluses.
If you are already suffering from shoe bites then these Home remedies can be very helpful for you-
- Rice flour compress: Mix one tablespoon of rice flour with water to make a thick paste and apply it on the shoe bite scar. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
- Aloe Vera compress: Aloe Vera can be used to reduce the burning sensation, inflammation and pain from a shoe bite. Since its rich in antimicrobial properties, it will also prevent infection. Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it on the affected area. Allow it to dry and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Indian Lilac (neem) & Turmeric (haldi): Since both of these lilac and turmeric are full of antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory properties, you can use them to heal all types of shoe bites which cause itching, pain & swelling. You will need a few fresh lilac leaves and small amount of turmeric to make a thick paste. Simply put them into grinder and form a paste while adding a little water. Just apply this paste on sores and wash it off with lukewarm water after 20-25 minutes. You should do it twice a day.