3 Common Shoe Problems You May Encounter In Your Life
Women are more prone to having shoe problems as most women own more shoes than men in order to match with different outfits. We have identified 3 most common shoe problems with some simple remedies to help you get rid of them.
I - Shoe Bite
- Coconut oil - It’s moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties will help heal a shoe bite quickly. What’s good about coconut oil is you can even apply some coconut oil on the inside of the shoe before wearing it.
- Honey - The healing nature of honey will accelerate healing, and reduce inflammation and pain. Use raw, organic honey for quick results.
- Rice flour - Rice flour is a good remedy to get rid of a shoe bite scar. It also works as an exfoliating scrub to get rid of the dead skin cells.
- Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera can be used to reduce burning sensation, inflammation and pain from a shoe bite. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of aloe Vera will help the skin heal quickly.
There are also some of the embarrassing moments you may encounter such as shoe odor and shoes slipping off.
II - Shoe Odor
To get rid of shoe odor, we need to identify the causal of the problem.
Bacteria – This is the number one cause of shoe odor. Once bacteria inhibit the shoes, it will automatically cling to the feet every time it is worn especially without socks on. The bacteria especially like to thrive on shoes if the shoes are moist.
Sweat – There are instances when people have naturally sweaty feet. This causes the bacteria to thrive.
Other Foot Problems – There are times when the smell is caused by a wound that is infected. If in case you have a wound that needs to be given attention, give the attention that it needs immediately.
At this point, the main thing that you would need to do is to just get rid of the shoe odor as soon as possible.
- Baking Soda - Baking soda can act as a good deodorizer for the shoes and sometimes even for the feet. After using your shoes, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on each one. Leave on the baking soda on the shoes overnight.
- Essential Oils - You have a choice from eucalyptus, clove or tea tree oil. Any of this will help remove the smell of the bacteria on the shoes. Place the essential oil on the shoe and papers in the shoe overnight to get rid of the smell.
- Alcohol - Alcohol can kill bacteria and remove dirt at the same time. Place enough alcohol on the inside of the shoe. Do remember not to use on leather shoe because this might ruin the area. You may do this process as often as possible because this will help eliminate the possibility of bacteria growing in a long run.
- Socks – The easiest way to prevent the smell of shoes is to wear socks. There may be times when you are tempted not to wear socks because it will not go well with your shoes. It is also likely that you do not want to wear socks because it makes you feel hot or you simply could not find where your socks are.
Besides from treating on your shoes alone, you may want to treat on your feet to double counter this problem.
Here are the top 4 home remedies for foot odor.
- Baking Soda - Besides from putting baking soda directly on your shoe, you could soak your feet in it. Add baking soda in warm water (one tablespoon for every quart of water) and soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes every night for about one week.
- Lavender Oil - Lavender oil not only smells good but also helps kill bacteria. Plus, it has anti-fungal properties that are effective in treating foot odor. Put a few drops of lavender essential oil in warm water. Soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat twice daily for a few days.
- Black Tea - Black tea has tannic acid that helps kill the bacteria that produce foot odor. It also helps close pores on your feet and reducing the amount of sweat on which the bacteria feed. Boil two black tea bags in three cups of hot water. Add half a bucket of normal water to lower the temperature of the solution. Soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this daily for about a week.
- Vinegar - Vinegar is beneficial in getting rid of smelly feet as it creates an acidic environment in which bacteria cannot survive. You can use any type of vinegar. Prepare a mixture of one-half cup of vinegar and six to eight cups of hot water. Soak your feet in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, wash your feet thoroughly with soap to remove the vinegar smell.
III - Shoe Slipping Off
Ever had your feet slip out of your shoes while walking or, worse, completely pop out, leaving your shoes behind? Many women have experienced the same thing in their life time. Here are the 5 best tips for you!
- Make sure your shoes fit correctly- If they’re slipping off because they’re too large, then you need to consider switching them for a smaller size, rather than continuing to try to walk in.
- Heel Grips- If heel slippage is caused by slippery tights, or shoes which lack grip at the heel, gel heel grips can really help.
- Toe Pads- If the issue is caused by too much room at the toe, padding at the shoe front will push your foot back against the heel of the shoe, and stop it slipping.
- Avoid Foot Lotion- If you’re wearing your shoes with bare feet, avoid using lotion before you put the shoes on – it’ll just make your foot more slippery.
- Slip Resist Socks/Tights- Some socks/tights come with special grips on the foot.
Over to you: Got any more tips besides from all of these? Do share with us your experiences by commenting on this blog and let us know if any of these tips help.