Home Remedies For Those Sore Shoe Bites!


Buying new pairs of shoes always comes at a price, and we aren’t referring to the number after the rupees sign on the tag. Shoe bites can be quite a deal breaker with new or ill-fitting shoes. Those ugly sores are often painful too, and can impair your otherwise glamorous gait.

Apply some lip balm on your feet to prevent friction

Apply some lip balm on your feet to prevent getting a shoe bite

So what exactly causes these hideous atrocities on our beloved tootsies?

Tight shoes are often the reason we get shoe bites, because of the friction caused between the shoe and our skin. As the shoes rigorously brush against our feet, they cause inflammations, pain and swelling. The raw, extremely exfoliated skin, then turn into blisters, leaving unsightly and painful scars.

Women are usually more prone to shoe bites, as they wear shoes that are narrow, tight and more uncomfortable as compared to men.

So what’s the best way to heal shoe bites?

Shoe bite sponge sticker in shoe

Insert a pair of soft shoe bite sponge stickers in your shoes to prevent friction

The first step in healing any shoe bite is to refrain from using the same shoe that caused the problem, for a while. You can consider giving those pair of shoes another try once the sore has healed completely.

The easiest way to treat a shoe bite is to apply some antiseptic cream on the sore, but there are some simple home remedies you can try that are equally good in promoting healing, reducing the pain and preventing scarring.

1. Coconut Oil

Over the years, coconut oil has proven to be one of the best remedies for shoe bites. It has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and aid in healing a shoe bite effectively.

How to use it?

Mix the ashes of a burnt coconut tree leaf with coconut oil and apply it on the affected area. Apply three times a day until the skin heals completely.

You may also mix a teaspoon of camphor with some coconut oil. Apply it twice a day on the affected area. This will ease the pain as well as reduce inflammation and itching.

To prevent shoe bites, you can even apply some coconut oil on the inside of the shoe before wearing it.

2. Honey

Honey is another effective remedy that has been used over the ages to treat shoe bites and other forms of inflammation. The healing properties of honey induce healing, reduce bruising, and keep inflammation and pain to a minimum. Honey also helps lighten shoe bite scars. For best results, use raw, organic honey.

How to use it?

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

Little is it known that rice flour is a good remedy to rid yourself of shoe bite scars. It’s a great homemade exfoliating scrub and cleanses your feet of dead skin cells.

How to use it?

Mix a couple tablespoons of rice flour with water to make a thick paste.

Apply the same on the shoe bite scar.

Leave it on for 15 minutes or as long as it takes to dry.

Wash your feet in a lukewarm water bath.

Repeat the process three times a week until the scar fades away.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera extract is excellent when it comes to reducing the burning sensation, inflammation and pain one suffers from a shoe bite. The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of this magical plant enable one’s skin to heal quickly too. It also acts like an antiseptic as it is known for its antimicrobial properties, and also prevents infection.

How to use it?

Extract the gel from an Aloe Vera leaf.

Apply it on the affected area and allow it to dry. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Repeat several times a day for up to four days.

5. Turmeric and Neem

The combination of turmeric and neem is a great remedy for those nasty shoe bites. Both these ingredients contain anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial properties which quickly heal the affected area.

How to use it?

Roughly tear a handful of fresh neem leaves.

Place them in a blender along with one tablespoon of turmeric and a little water.

Blend them to form a thick paste and apply it on the shoe bite.

Leave it on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Repeat twice a day over a span of a few days.


Now that you’re aware of these handy home remedies to deal with shoe bites, go out and flaunt those sexy stilettos… You know you want to *wink* *wink*

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