Bunions are among the most common and most painful foot ailments out there.
A bunion occurs when your big toe points toward your second toe, causing a bump or prominence to develop on the inside edge of your big toe and first metatarsal bone.
Symptoms include redness in the affected area, bursitis, blistering and/or callus formation over the bunion and nerve damage that may include numbness and/or sharp pain. If left untreated, the pain can also spread to nearby joints. Bunions affect women much more often than men, and that may not be a coincidence.
It has been scientifically recognized that the main contributing factor is the shape of the foot: people with big toes that are longer than the rest of the toes tend to develop bunions. In addition, the use of shoes with points and heels and genetics help them develop.
Dr. Ray McClanahan is a leader in “conservative foot care” treatments and believes that most foot ailments can be prevented and/or treated by restoring natural function.
Although a conventional treatment for a bunion is a surgery that removes part of the bulging metatarsal bone and forcibly realigns the joints, the surgery doesn’t confront the source of the problem and could also be an excessive solution when other, less invasive options may be available.The bunions can still return after surgery, especially if the conditions that caused them in the first place haven’t changed.
Natural Bunion Therapy
- To start, sufferers of bunions should avoid wearing tight shoes. Instead, they should wear wide shoes that leave room for the feet to move.
- There are special splints for bunions which can improve the condition. They need to be used constantly for a period of a few weeks in order to correct the bone deformity. The bunion splint will not only help realign your big toe with the rest of your foot, it will also ease the pain.
- A special rehabilitation exercises specific for bunions can help their correction and improvement. To do this, you need to work the muscles of your feet by stretching your big toe so that it is realigned with the rest of your foot. You need to do these exercises every day as you take off your shoes.
- There are some home remedies that can help relieve the pain of bunions and relax your feet completely. Some of the most effective are the following:
- Do salt baths. In a bowl with lukewarm water, add two spoonsful of salt and dab your feet in it for 20 minutes.
- Apply lavender oil on the bunion and massage the area every night before going to bed. This oil has excellent anti-inflammatory property.
- Apply hot water compresses on the bunion.
In addition, it is also advisable to clean the body of salt deposits. Try the following remedy
- In the evening, pour 300 ml of water over a tablespoon of minced bay leaf and cook for 5 minutes (in an enameled pot).
- Then, put the mixture in a thermos and leave it until the morning.
- In the morning, strain and drink in small sips throughout the day (don’t drink it all at once!)
- Do this treatment three days in a row, every night preparing a new fresh drink.
- Repeat the treatment once more in seven days.
- Don’t be surprised if you have frequent need for urinating. That is a sign that the salt in the body has begun to dissolve and slightly irritate the bladder.
- You’ll feel the results will after about ten days.
Practice this method about 2 months, and the bunions on your feet will disappear permanently.