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This is how easy it is to avoid chafing

Everyone loves new shoes, but the worst thing about new shoes is that you often get chafing. But luckily there are things you can do as a preventative measure to avoid getting them. Here are 6 things you can do so you don’t have to walk around in flip flops all the time!

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1. Make sure your shoes fit well
The first and most important thing you can do is make sure your shoes fit. Ignore the size and go for the ones that fit best. Both too small and too big shoes can cause you to get chafing wounds.

2. Make sure your shoes are tied properly
Have you ever wondered about that extra hole in your trainers that you never thread your shoelaces through? It actually has a purpose. The video below shows how you should tie your training shoes, a way that is also said to prevent chafing.

3. Take your shoes for a test run
It can be difficult to know exactly where your shoes will pinch your feet, so it’s a good idea to take them for a test run. Walk around in them at home for at least 30 minutes and you’ll notice where they chafe and you can take steps to avoid chafing.

4. Put on antiperspirant
It may sound strange but the fact is that antiperspirant counteracts sweat, which means that your feet stay dry and the risk of chafing is not as great. So put it on your feet (where you usually get chafing), let it dry, and then put on your new shoes.

5. Double up
A simple trick to avoid chafing is to use double socks. In this way, your feet are more protected and the shoes do not rub directly against the skin.

6. Lubricate
Put on an oily cream, for example Vaseline on the foot where you feel the shoe rubbing. The fatty cream softens the skin, which means that the skin is not as irritated and you reduce the risk of chafing.

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Source: blister prevention

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