10 Effective Home Remedies for Shoe Bite


A new pair of footwear is such a joy! But sometimes, by the end of the new footwear day, those same shoes might be causing you pain with each step you take. Those painful red sores or blisters are a total killjoy, aren’t they? Thankfully, there are few easy homemade remedies available for such situations, that free your feet of the pain so you may walk freely again.

How to Cure Shoe Bite?

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil

Why Use?

Coconut oil acts as an excellent shoe bite treatment due to its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. It not only heals existing sores but also helps prevent shoe bite and doesn’t let your skin suffer from excessive dryness.

How to Prepare?

  1. Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil with one teaspoon of camphor
  2. Stir them well and apply it to the concerned area for 3-5 times a day
  3. Follow this until your bite heals completely

2. Aloe Vera

Why Use?

Aloe vera is one of the best remedies for shoe bite as it contains numerous healing and soothing properties that ease pain and offers instant relief. Extended use of aloe vera helps to reduce any scarring that the bite might have been left behind and make your feet smooth.

How to Prepare?

  1. Cut open a clean aloe vera leaf and collect the fresh gel extract. Although store-bought organic aloe vera gels can also be used, the fresh one offers faster relief
  2. Smear a thick layer of the gel to the affected area
  3. Do not rinse or wipe it off
  4. Continue this for three to four times a day until your shoe bite gets better

Read more about the benefits of Aloe Vera for the skin.

3. Face Powder

Why Use?

At times, shoe bites can occur when your feet sweat, leading to friction and ultimately a nasty blister. Applying powder on the affected area will ensure that it’s dry and free from any burning or irritating sensation.

How to Prepare?

  1. Coat your sore skin with any face powder or dry powder
  2. Repeat this several times throughout the day to keep your feet dry and get relief from shoe bite

4. Turmeric & Neem Leaves Paste


Why Use?

Turmeric and neem are both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial in nature that can soothe swelling, pain and any burning sensation. It acts as a perfect shoe bite solution as it can not only cure the bite but also prevent any infection from developing in the wound.

How to Prepare?

  1. Take about five-six neem leaves and one tablespoon of turmeric powder
  2. Adding little water, grind them together until it forms a thick paste
  3. Smear a thick layer of the paste on the affected area and let it rest for 30 minutes
  4. Follow this twice a day for quick results

Read more benefits and uses of neem.

5. Olive Oil

Olive Oil on a wooden table

Why Use?

In order to get rid of shoe bite, the natural healing powers of olive oil act as an added bonus because it treats the pain and inflammation, reducing the itching and encouraging skin regrowth. When mixed with honey, it helps to fade the bite scars as well.

How to Prepare?

  1. Blend honey and olive oil in the ratio 1:1 to form a thick paste-like consistency
  2. Apply it to the infected area and wait for 30 minutes
  3. Use this remedy once a day until you get maximum relief out of it

6. Ice Cubes

Why Use?

Ice cubes are perhaps the most convenient choice to heal and avoid shoe bite. These are easily available and provides instant relief by making the affected area numb. It comforts the soreness and reduces any swelling that may have caused by the bite.

How to Prepare?

  1. Wrap few ice cubes in a soft towel and gently rub them for 10 minutes on the affected area
  2. You can also apply an ice pack for relief as well. Use it as frequently as possible
  3. In case you are prone to catch a cold or its winter, following it twice or thrice will offer optimum relief

7. Potato Juice


Why Use?

Not only are potatoes enriched with antioxidants, but are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory in nature as well. It enhances the process of recovery by effectively treating bruises and blisters.

How to Prepare?

  1. Peel and grind a raw potato to extract its juice
  2. Using a cotton ball, apply the juice to your affected skin
  3. You can also rub a freshly sliced raw potato as well
  4. Let it naturally dry and then rinse it with cool water
  5. Continue using this twice a day until your bite turns better

8. Use Petroleum Jelly

Why Use?

Petroleum jelly is known to treat extremely dry skin as it acts as an excellent emollient. It can further reduce the friction between the shoe or sock and the skin, resulting in shoe bite prevention. The jelly also forms a protective layer on your bruised skin and prevents it from dirt and pollution.

How to Prepare?

  1. Buy Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly from a store
  2. Smear a thick layer of the gel on the infected area for immediate relief
  3. Continue using it three to five times a day until your sore becomes fine
  4. The remedy also acts as a preventive measure and can be used if you feel your shoe is rubbing your skin

9. Rice Flour


Why Use?

Rice flour is very effective in getting rid of pain and scar triggered by shoe bites. It acts as a good exfoliating scrub and can eliminate dead skin cells. This results in the regeneration of new skin cells which removes the dark patches or scars from the skin.

How to Prepare?

  1. Make a thick paste using two tablespoons of rice flour and water
  2. Smear the paste on the sore skin and let it rest for 15 minutes
  3. Wash off with normal water and repeat it once a day until you get desirable results

How to Avoid Shoe Bite?

1. Heat the Shoe to loosen them

  • Step 1: Slip on a pair of thick socks. The tighter your shoes are, the thicker your socks must be. In case you don’t have thick socks, use 2 or 3 pairs of any regular socks
  • Step 2: Put on your tight shoes
  • Step 3: Heat the tight sections of your shoes for a few seconds using a blow dryer. In the meantime, flex your feet and wiggle your toes to expand the material
  • Step 4: Switch off the blow dryer and continue wearing the shoes until they cool off.
  • Step 5: Take off your thick socks and try on the shoes to check the fit
  • Step 6: Use more heat and repeat the process if your shoes need to be loosened further

2. Wear Double Socks

  • Step 1: Slip on two pairs of comfortable socks instead of opting for a single pair and then wear your shoes. This acts as a buffer between your skin and the tight shoe, preventing shoes bite and eventually will help to loosen the shoe as well

3. Use Candle Wax

  • Step 1: Apply clean candle wax on the parts of the shoes that hurt your skin
  • Step 2: Repeat the process every time the shoes start to cause discomfort

4. Rub Coconut Oil

  • Step 1: Take a teaspoon of coconut oil and gently massage it over the sore skin. Alternatively, you can apply a liberal amount of petroleum jelly on the affected area and leave it overnight
  • Step 2: Leave the oil so that it can get completely absorbed into your skin
  • Step 3: If convenient, you can use a pair of socks to avoid the jelly or oil from rubbing off onto your bedsheets
  • Step 4: Repeat the process till your skin shows significant improvement

5. Stick Duct Tape

  • Use a piece of duct tape or stick a band-aid pre-emptively, where there are possibilities to get blisters like from the ankle straps or from the edge of the shoes.

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Shreoshi Mitra
Hello everyone, this is Shreoshi from the cultural capital of India, Kolkata. Well, I have been associated with the content and creative writing for more than a year now after I completed my post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication last year (2018). While doing my graduation as an English honour’s student, I fell in love with the subject both literally and metaphorically. As a matter of fact, I recently started teaching a bunch of kids as well, because why not! There’s no harm in spreading a little knowledge right! Writing started as hobby-cum-passion which should become a profession for me. It gives me an immense sense of freedom and helps to channelize my thoughts well. Writing for Anveya has opened up new horizons for me as I realised my articles regarding personal care, home care, and wellness can influence someone’s perception and way of thinking. While a lot of people wanted me to take up political science as my major because I was one of the top scorers in the city, I always believed that creativity and art is where my heart belongs… and it really feels good to know that I was right from the beginning.


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