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Shoe Bites
Shoe Bites

Some foot problems seem to favour women. More women than men develop bunions, callus, corns, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails. The primary reason is the shoes they wear. They are narrow, pointed, high in the heel, often flimsy, and designed for appearance rather than fit.
Shoe BiteWaiting to resolve a foot problem until it`s troublesome enough to merit a visit to the doctor is usually a mistake. Because feet are under the constant foot wear and pressure of bearing the body`s entire weight, even a small problem can grow large quickly, then take longer than necessary to clear up. It`s a lot harder to "rest" the feet than other parts of the anatomy unless you`re willing to stay in bed or a chair all day. Ninety percent of women wear shoes that are too small for their feet, and 80 percent of women say their shoes are painful. As a result, nine times more women than men are likely to develop bunions, hammertoes and other painful foot deformities because of ill-fitting shoes.


  • Shoe Bites can occur due to wearing new or ill-fitting shoes.

  • Feet sometimes spread and get larger with age and wear. Yet most people don`t have their feet re-measured periodically, as they should. The width of some people`s feet can increase over the years from a size B to as much as a size E, especially if their shoes are too short, and particularly after age 55.

  • On average, women buy shoes one size too small. In one study, 90 percent were wearing shoes that were too small for them. It`s no surprise that women over age 55 have particular trouble getting a proper fit.

  • In constructing their lines of shoes, many manufacturers start with their smallest size, perhaps 5 or 6, and build up in the same proportions to a size 8 or 10. But an individual`s heel may be up to 1/4 of an inch wider than the larger size allows for, and the toe even more.

  • Preventing Shoe Bites

    Whenever you buy a new pair of shoes, use these preventive measures to prevent shoe bites:

  • Applying a little petroleum jelly inside your shoe. Then leave it on overnight. Clean it off with a cloth and then wear your shoes.

  • Apply coconut oil inside your shoes for three consecutive nights to soften them before wearing. You could apply castor oil too.

  • Apply some raw potato slices inside the shoe and particularly the heel area. Repeat for two nights before wearing your new shoes.

  • However, in case you do get a shoe bite, try the following herbal remedies:

  • Take half cup rice. Pound it to a powder and then add enough water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on the shoe bite. Leave it on till dry. Rinse gently with lukewarm water. Dry the feet thoroughly. You will get immense relief.

  • Neem and Turmeric Paste: Take a few Neem leaves and add to them a tablespoon of turmeric powder. Add a little water and put it into mixer to form a thick paste. Apply this paste on the painful shoe bite. This gives tremendous relief and also dries up the bite.

  • If you want to own a pair of lotus feet, you just need to treat them right. A little care goes a long way.

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