Bunions usually aren’t a topic of conversation in front of the dinner table, yet they are a very common foot deformity that a lot of people suffer from. It is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe, but that bump can in fact change the bones in the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, throwing the toes out of position. Bunions are a progressive disorder that gradually changes the angle of a specific foot bones over the years, by slowly producing the visible bump.
What Causes the Bunions?
They are most often caused by an inherited mechanical structure of the person’s foot. Some foot types actually make the person more prone to developing a bunion. The symptoms are pain or soreness, redness and inflammation, a burning sensation and probable numbness. The symptoms occur mainly when the person is wearing some shoes that crowd the toes. The bunions don’t just get away on their own but they actually get worse over time.
If you are suffering from a bunion, there are several ways to ease the pain, and those are:
Activity – you should avoid standing for long periods of time, because it will cause pain
Padding – place pads over bunions to help minimizing the pain
Changes in Shoe wear – you should choose shoes that have space for the toes
Medications and even surgery might be recommended, but there are also several natural treatments that you may try in order to ease the pain and reduce the size of the bunions.
Red pepper has capsaicin which is a substance that helps to eliminate discomfort and pain. Cut one red pepper in a half and rub the juice onto the bunion. Then add a bit of petroleum jelly and cover the bunion with some bandage. Use this method two times a day. Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly after every application.
Warm up a bit of olive oil and massage the bunion, the toes and the entire foot for around 15 minutes, two times a day. In that way you will help to improve circulation and also increase blood flow to the foot and toes, and at the same time encouraging synovial fluid to move around the bones. By moving this fluid will lubricate and nourish the joints, and also will dissolve the excess calcium of the bunion, helping it to heal.
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties which ease pain and reduce swelling. Put half a cup of castor oil into some pan and heat it up. Then dip a thin cloth into the oil and wrap it around the bunions. Cover it with a towel in order to keep the heat. It will stimulate the blood flow to the area to relieve soreness. Repeat up to 3 times a day until the pain diminishes.
Place several ice cubes inside a bag and put it directly onto the bunion for around 10 minutes. Repeat this method few times a day in order to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
It contains magnesium sulfate that can help to minimize pain and reduce inflammation. You need to dissolve half a cup of Epsom salt into a small tub or bucket of hot water and soak the feet for around 20 minutes. Use this method two times a day. The salt will start to decalcify the joint and will diminish the size of the bunion.