Shoe bites are a common problem and an unfortunate downside to the joy of a new pair of shoes. A shoe bite is an ugly sore that occurs on the foot after wearing new or ill-fitting shoes.
Tight shoes brush and rub against the skin, causing friction that eventually results in inflammation, pain and swelling. Shoe bites hurt more when you stand or walk, and can lead to blisters and leave unsightly scars.
Women are more prone to shoe bites, since they wear tight, narrow and uncomfortable shoes more often than men.
The first step in healing a shoe bite is avoiding the shoe that triggered the problem. You can start wearing that shoe again after the skin heals completely.
You can treat a shoe bite with an antiseptic cream, but there are simple home remedies that are just as good for reducing the pain, promoting healing and preventing scarring.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for shoe bites.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one the best remedies for shoe bites. Its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties will help heal a shoe bite quickly.
- Burn a mature, green coconut tree leaf. Mix the ashes with enough coconut oil and apply it on the affected area. Do this two or three times daily until the skin heals completely.
- Mix one teaspoon of camphor and a little coconut oil. Apply it gently on the affected skin twice daily for a few days. This will lessen the pain as well as inflammation and itching.
To prevent shoe bites, you can even apply some coconut oil on the inside of the shoe before wearing it.
Honey is another effective remedy for shoe bites. The healing nature of honey will accelerate healing, decrease bruising, and reduce inflammation and pain. Also, it will help lighten shoe bite scars. Use raw, organic honey for quick results.
- Mix equal amounts of organic honey and sesame oil. Apply it on the affected area. Allow it to dry on its own and then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat twice daily until you get the desired results.
- Simply applying honey on the affected area three times a day will also help heal the problem.
3. Rice Flour
Rice flour is a good remedy to get rid of a shoe bite scar. It works as a homemade exfoliating scrub to get rid of the dead skin cells.
- Mix one or two tablespoons of rice flour with enough water to make a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on the shoe bite scar.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes or until it dries.
- Wash your feet with lukewarm water.
- Repeat two or three times a week until the scar is gone.
4. Aloe Vera
You can use aloe vera to reduce the burning sensation, inflammation and pain from a shoe bite. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of aloe vera will help the skin heal quickly. Being rich in antimicrobial properties, it will also prevent infection.
- Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf.
- Apply it on the affected area.
- Allow it to dry on its own and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Repeat several times a day for three to four days.
5. Turmeric and Indian Lilac
The combination of turmeric and Indian lilac (also known as neem) is another good remedy for shoe bites. Both ingredients contain anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial properties that help treat inflammation, pain and itching.
- Tear a handful of fresh Indian lilac leaves roughly with your hands.
- Put the leaves in a blender along with one tablespoon of turmeric and a little water.
- Blend them to form a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on the shoe bite.
- Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
- Repeat twice daily for a few days.
Applying an ice pack on the affected skin will relieve inflammation, numb the area and alleviate pain.
- Warp some ice cubes in a washcloth and place it on the affected area for about 10 minutes.
- You can also put the affected area under a cool running tap for a few minutes.
Use either of these remedies several times a day.