Not all shoes are comfortable to wear. Certain shoes can actually be painful to wear, but problems like this can actually be circumvented. Before you let yourself suffer from pain, blisters, and blisters on your feet, try some of the tips and tricks outlined in this article. However, keep in mind that some shoes may be constructed with the wrong construction and are impossible to completely repair. Read this article for tips to make shoes more comfortable to wear, or at least a little more bearable.
Method 1 of 3: Using Moleskin, Shoe Inserts and Insoles
Step 1. Prevent blisters, abrasions, and scratches by inserting moleskin inside your shoes
Purchase a moleskin from a shoemaker's store (or the foot care department at a drugstore) and get a sheet. Place the moleskin sheet behind the problematic laces or heel and draw a pattern with a pencil. Cut out the shape of the pattern with scissors and remove the adhesive cover. Attach the moleskin to the strap or heel.
- These tips can also be applied to other parts of the shoe that cause blisters. If the area causing the blister is on the inside of the shoe, cut out a circular or oval moleskin that is slightly larger than the toe. Remove the adhesive cover and apply the moleskin where the foot is blistered.
- You can also apply moleskin directly to your feet, and remove them at the end of the day.
Step 2. Prevent chafing and blistering by applying an anti-friction balm to the feet
You can buy it at drugstores. Apply the balm directly to the skin, right where blisters and blisters are likely to occur.
You should not apply this balm to the blisters on the feet. If the foot already has blisters, consider buying a treatment for the blisters. It looks like an oval band-aid tape and will cover the blister. This plaster helps cushion the blister and keep it clean so it doesn't get infected
Step 3. Consider using antiperspirant deodorant on your feet to reduce sweating
The sweat and moisture created by the blisters can cause or worsen the blisters. Antiperspirant deodorants reduce moisture, and hopefully reduce the chances of blisters forming.
Step 4. Make sure that the foot does not shift to and fro inside the shoe, using shoe inserts, to prevent blisters and blisters
If the foot slips to and fro, blisters can develop along the front and back of the foot, where the shoe rubs against the skin. If you notice your feet shifting back and forth when wearing wedge shoes or similar styles, place a gel or cushion insert inside the shoe to reduce foot shift.
Step 5. Reduce ball of foot pain with ball bearings
If the balls of your feet are sore at the end of the day, your shoes may be too hard. This is common in high heels. Buy a pair of ball bearings and attach them to the front of the shoe, just below the ball of the foot. These pads are usually oval or egg-shaped.
If you have a pair of high-heeled sandals that have straps that slip between your toes as you wear them, consider buying heart-shaped pads. The curved part of the heart will fit snugly on each side of the string
Step 6. Use silicone gel balls or sticky foam tape to reduce excessive pressure on smaller areas
Both can be purchased at a shoe store or drug store (eg Century). The silicone gel spheres are clear and easy to disguise, but the foam tape can be cut to the required shape and size.
Step 7. Use a silicone heel cup or arch support inserted into the shoe to soothe sore heels
If your heel hurts, it may be because the back/heel of the shoe is too hard. Or, shoes do not provide enough support for the arch of the foot. Try inserting a heel cup or arch support into the shoe. Both can be modified to get the right size, and have adhesive on the back so they don't slide around.
- Arch supports that are inserted into the shoe are usually labeled with the same. If you're having trouble finding one, look for a shoe insert with a thicker center, just above the arch of the foot.
- Using shoe inserts in tight shoes will make your feet feel tight and uncomfortable. If you experience this, try thinning the shoe insert.
Step 8. Make sure your toes are not bent when wearing high heels by asking the cobbler to shorten the heel
Sometimes, the angle between the heel and the ball of the foot is too great, causing the foot to slip forward and the toes to squeeze against the front of the shoe. Reducing the height of the right can solve this problem. Don't try to do it yourself, ask a cobbler to do it. Most high heels can be scraped off to 2.5 cm by a cobbler.
Method 2 of 3: Repairing Shoes
Step 1. Know how an ill-fitting shoe can hurt your feet and how to fix it
Shoes that are too big can hurt your feet just as much as shoes that are too tight. Oversized shoes do not provide the support needed and cause the foot to move to and fro, resulting in blisters and flexed toes. Shoes that are too small will make your feet feel cramped and sore at the end of the day. Luckily, it's still possible to stretch the shoe to make it a little looser, or fill the shoe to make it smaller.
Keep in mind that some materials stretch more easily than others
Step 2. Try to use shoe inserts if the shoes are too big
Shoe inserts provide additional cushioning inside the shoe and prevent the foot from slipping back and forth too much.
Step 3. Use a heel grip if the shoe is too big and the foot is slipping forward too much
The heel grip is an oval bearing with adhesive on one side. You can choose one made of gel or foam covered with moleskin. You simply remove the heel grip protective tape, and attach it to the back of the shoe, right at the heel. The heel grip will provide additional cushioning at the back of the shoe, which will prevent the heel from chafing and keep the foot in position.
Step 4. Insert the fleece wool into the front of the oversized shoe
If your new loafers or work shoes are too big and your toes keep slipping forward and flexing, try stuffing the forefoot with fleece wool. This material can circulate air and feel cool so that it is more comfortable on the feet and will not clump, like tissue. If you don't have fleece wool, you can use cotton balls.
Step 5. Stretch the shoe using the shoe tree
The shoe tree can maintain the shape of the shoe or stretch it, depending on the length and width of the shoe tree. Insert the shoe tree into the shoe when not wearing it. This technique works best for shoes made of leather and suede, but will not work for rubber or plastic materials.
Step 6. Stretch the shoe using a shoe stretcher
Spray the shoe with a shoe-stretch liquid, then place the stretcher inside the shoe. Shoe stretchers come in different shapes, but most have handles and knobs. The knob is used to adjust the length and the handle is used to adjust the width. Keep turning the handles and knobs until you reach the desired stretch, then let the stretcher sit in the shoe for six to eight hours. After the allotted time, turn the handles and knobs in the opposite direction (to reduce the size of the shoe stretch) and remove them from the shoe. This technique can be a good choice for loafers and work shoes that are too narrow.
- There are various types of shoe stretchers on the market, including those with high heels. The two-way stretcher is probably most useful because it stretches both the width and the length of the shoe.
- Some shoe stretchers are supplemented to treat ailments such as bunions. Attach this additional attachment before using the shoe stretcher.
- Shoe stretchers can only stretch the shoe and loosen it so it's not too narrow and tight, but it can't be used to make it one size larger.
- Shoe stretchers work best on natural materials, such as leather and suede. This tool may work well when used for certain types of materials, but will not be effective for synthetic materials and plastics.
Step 7. Ask a cobbler to stretch the shoe
Shoes that have been stretched will provide more room for the toes to move. However, stretching can only be done on shoes made of leather and suede. If you have an expensive pair of shoes and don't want to damage them by stretching them yourself, there's nothing wrong with asking a cobbler for help.
Step 8. Use ice to stretch shoes that are too narrow in the front
You can do this by filling two plastic clip bags with water halfway and closing the clips tightly so that no air remains in the bag and the water doesn't stir. Dip each bag into each shoe and place both shoes in the freezer. Leave the shoes in the freezer until the water freezes, then take them out. Remove the plastic bag from the shoe, and put on the shoe. Shoes will adjust to the shape of the foot when the temperature returns to normal.
- This method will help stretch the shoe to some extent because the water expands as it freezes.
- This method can only be applied to shoes made of natural materials, such as leather, suede and fabrics. For plastics and pleathers (synthetic leather), this method does not give the desired results.
- Keep in mind that if leather or suede shoes get damp, the marks will leave stains. Consider wrapping your shoes in a towel to protect them.
Method 3 of 3: Fixing Other Problems
Step 1. Buy custom socks
Sometimes, you just need to wear the right type of sock to deal with a painful shoe problem. These types of socks provide support for the feet, absorb moisture, and help prevent blisters and blisters. Here are some of the special types of socks you can find, and what benefits you get:
- Athletic socks are tighter at the arch of the foot. These socks help support the arch of the foot, making them ideal for use with athletic and running shoes.
- Socks that absorb moisture will help to get the sweat off your feet. This will help keep your feet dry, preventing them from scalding.
- Running socks have additional cushioning in the sole. This cushion will absorb the impact of impact on the feet when running.
- Foot gloves are similar to gloves, but are used on the feet. The toe gloves will wrap around each toe separately, and can help prevent blisters between the toes.
- Consider the material of the sock. Some materials, such as cotton, absorb sweat too easily and can cause blisters on the feet. Acrylic, polyester and polypropylene help wick away sweat so feet stay dry.
Step 2. Avoid the pain of wearing flip-flops by cushioning the clamped straps
Flip-flops are a comfortable and easy-to-use footwear choice. However, when the sandal straps start to hurt between the fingers, wearing sandals becomes painful. Here are some tricks you can try to make flip-flops more comfortable:
- Use gel pads for flip-flops. They are shaped like ball bearings, but they have a small cylinder that sticks out in the front. Place the gel pad on the front of the flip flops, then slip the slipper strap into the cylinder. The cylinders will help prevent the straps from hurting between the legs.
- Wrap the sandal strap with adhesive moleskin. This step is especially effective for flip-flops made of plastic or rubber. Moleskin helps cushion the foot and soften the sharp edges of the rope.
- Wrap the fabric around the sandal strap. You can even wrap the fabric around the strap for a personal touch and a little color. Glue the two ends of the fabric with a little shoe glue.
Step 3. Know how to deal with shoes that smell very bad
You can use micro-suede shoe inserts to absorb odor-causing sweat, or you can tuck some tea bags into your shoes when you're not wearing them. The tea bag will absorb the odor. Throw away the tea bag the next day.
Step 4. Consider joining the third and fourth fingers together with skin-colored medical tape
This will reduce pain in the ball of the foot. This step works because there is a nerve between the two fingers. Those nerves are split when you wear high heels and are under a lot of stress. Putting the two fingers together can reduce the tension a little.
Step 5. Loosen stiff shoes by wearing them frequently for a few moments
If your new shoes are painful because they are stiff, you can help loosen them up by wearing them at home. Make sure you take frequent breaks and take off your shoes when your feet start to hurt. Over time, the shoes will begin to loosen and become more comfortable to wear.
Step 6. Use a hairdryer to stretch and loosen stiff shoes
Choose the lowest setting on the hairdryer and point the muzzle into the shoe. Warm the shoes from the inside for a few minutes, then turn off the hairdryer. Put on two pairs of socks and put on shoes. When it gets cold, the shoes will adjust to the shape of the foot. This method is best suited for shoes made of natural materials, and is not recommended for plastics and other synthetic materials as they can damage them.
- Wear shoes at home before you use them outside. This will loosen the shoe and allow you to identify possible problems before they become too painful.
- Soak the sore foot in hot water after removing the shoe. The heat will soothe the pain and make your feet feel better.
- Consider wearing different shoes throughout the day. If you walk to work or to an event, wear comfortable shoes. Change into formal shoes after arriving at the office or at the event.
- Put a clear or black heel protector on the bottom of a small heel when you're walking on unstable terrain. The heel guard will create a wider area, reducing the chance of the heel getting caught.
- Please note that foot sizes may change. Feet get bigger when it's hot, and shrink when it's cold. In addition, the size of the feet can change with age. It would be nice if once in a while you ask for expert help to measure your feet at the shoe store.
- If the skin on your feet blisters, soak your feet for 10 minutes in warm green tea. The astringent content in tea kills bacteria, reduces odor and reduces the chance of infection. Warm temperatures can also help reduce pain.
- If you have a bunion, look for shoes that are labeled "wide". Some shoes are made in narrow, normal/regular, and wide sizes.