Sometimes the foot rub against the shoe, which causes friction, and as a result, you get a painful shoe bite. It is possible to prevent shoe bite, and it can also be treated. The good thing there are ways to fix the shoes that cause shoe bites. So, you don’t have to give up on the shoes if they have caused painful bites; you can try fixing them.
Let’s begin with the prevention, then treatment, and then we will discuss how to make the shoes comfortable.
Preventing Shoe Bites
The simplest and easiest way to prevent it from happening is to invest in shoes that are a perfect fit. Of course, the other way is to consider not wearing the shoes that are causing you pain. However, if you are in love with the pair of shoes and don’t want to give up on them, that’s another story. Here are some solutions that may resolve your problem. All of these hacks are to reduce the friction between your shoes and feet because that is the real culprit in this case.
- Insoles or shoe pads can prevent abrasion in some areas like heels. It will save your heels from shoe bites and blisters.
- Wearing socks can also help as it will work as a cushion between the foot and the shoe.
- Applying a single smooth layer of paper tape that is mildly adhesive is great blister prevention.
- Toe caps or toe protectors can also help against friction by providing a cushion to the toes from the shoes.
Treating Shoe Bites
The shoe bites that are in the form of blisters are most likely to heal on their own. However, keeping the blisters away from the source of friction is important. You may have to say goodbye to the shoes that have caused them until they are healed.
The skin over the blister keeps it safe from infections but applying a bandage over the affected area also helps in keeping it clean.
Some home remedies are also effective in healing and providing relief to a sore spot or a blister caused by the shoe bite.
- Petroleum jelly has antimicrobial and repair qualities. Gently rubbing it on the affected area can help.
- Honey is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Dabbing a small amount of honey helps against soreness.
- Aloe Vera is also famous for its anti-inflammatory and healing powers. Applying aloe vera gel is one of the greatest home remedies to provide relief against shoe bites.
Making The Shoes Comfortable
New shoes cause trouble, and they need to be worn a few times. The new stiffness of the material breaks in slowly. The tips we are sharing here are not proven by science, but they are largely acclaimed by the public. Let’s have a look at what people do to make their new shoes comfortable?
Warm The Shoes Up
For this, you need to wear a thick pair of socks with the shoes and use a hairdryer. Heat all the tight spots for 30 seconds with the hairdryer. Once you have warmed them up, walk around in them while the material is still warm and flexible. After you think they are ready, remove the socks and try them on.
Stretching The Shoes
You can easily find the shoe shapers in stores, and they are even available online. Just get one and use it overnight to stretch the problematic shoe. These shoe shapers are available in plastic and wood; you can go for any material.
Molding The Shoes
This is the best method for strappy sandals. Put them on and dunk your feet in a bucket of water. Take your feet out, towel them but leave the sandals damp. Walk around in them for a few hours. Remember to test a smaller area before you fully dunk your sandals in the water.
Preventing and treating shoe bites involves putting some sort of protection on the foot, especially between the affected area and the shoe. However, if the blisters and sore patches are reoccurring and they are not responding to the home remedies, you should talk to a doctor or a podiatrist. Sometimes, general problems require diagnosis and treatment, as well.