Everything you wanted to know about Shoe-bites!
“Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it”. That’s how infamous is the pain caused by shoes and how we always crave to wear our favourite pair, if only, those nasty shoe-bites weren’t a thing!
Ever been all party ready and then thought twice about wearing your favourite shoes to complete the look? Cinderella shoes are indeed pretty to look at. But the nasty blisters that come after! They aren’t pretty or nice for sure. Most of the time, just a few minutes of being in a lovely but uncomfortable pair of shoes can cause shoe-bites and make your entire day a mess. Suddenly you might feel the urge to be the pretty damsel shining in her lovely shoes vanish into thin air. All you might want to do as soon as you feel the shoe-bite is to take your shoes off and breathe.
Even nastier is the after effects of a shoe-bite. The blisters are an agony to say the least. Not only do they become painful reminders even when you wear a comfortable pair of shoes later, but they also leave an ugly mark on the feet for days to come.
What causes a shoe-bite?
- A shoe-bite or blister is a painful area on your feel that happens as a result of friction between the delicate skin on your feet and an ill-fitting pair of shoes.
- Sometimes it also occurs because of tight shoes that allow no space for the feet to breathe. This causes the feet to sweat and when they rub against the shoe, a shoe-bite happens.
- Wearing shoes that do not match the dimensions of your feet is also a frequent cause.
What can be done?
Once a shoe-bite occurs, the pain and the discomfort are sure to last a few days. This can make walking and even standing difficult even when the ill-fitting shoes that caused them in the first place are not worn. A shoe-bite can hurt even while lying down as bed linen rub against it or while bathing when it becomes moist.
Although there are some effective home remedies to treat shoe-bites, the best way around it, is to prevent it in the first place.
Some of the remedies are listed below:
Aloe-Vera – Aloe-Vera is known calming agent and has anti-inflammatory properties. A generous application of this gel on the affected area can help calm the pain of a blister.
Tooth-paste – Menthol is an active component of tooth-paste and acts as an analgesic. This can to an extent help to alleviate the pain caused by a shoe-bite.
Honey – Honey is known for its soothing nature and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Application of honey to the shoe-bite can be soothing and also prevent further infection in the meantime.
Coconut / Olive oil and camphor – The bio-active and anti-inflammatory components in these oils helps in reducing inflammation and in soothing the affected area. In addition, coconut oil is a natural analgesic also has lauric acid which is anti-microbial in nature and thus helps in preventing infection. Together with camphor, which is also anti-inflammatory, this combination can help alleviate swelling and pain.
Neem and turmeric – This age-old combination is well known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties and can work effectively on blisters.
Prevention – your best bet!
- As mentioned earlier, a shoe-bite is best not had in the first place. So, prevention is always your best bet.
- The best way to prevent a shoe-bite or from a bite aggravating further is to avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes.
- Using adhesive tapes can also prevent friction, but it is not without the discomfort of the constant feeling of tape on the skin.
- Wearing socks can also prevent friction, but not the best option aesthetically with certain footwear.
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