Bunions are abnormal bumps that are not only unsightly, they can also be painful if not properly treated.
They’re caused by the unequal distribution of body weight on the feet, causing the bones in the toes to become inflamed and deform the joint.
They typically develop after age 30 and almost always affect both feet.
Their occurrence has been linked to genetics, foot injury and diseases like arthritis.
However, some experts warn that wearing tight fitting footwear or high heels directly contributes to the occurrence of bunions.
Since this condition affects the joints of the feet, symptoms include:
– Intense pain when walking
– Reduced flexibility in the affected toe
– Irritated skin
The symptoms are progressive and sometimes become so severe that they can only be corrected with surgical intervention.
Luckily, there are a few natural remedies that can help get rid of bunions, or slow their growth and soothe the symptoms before they become serious.
Below, we’ll reveal 4 of the most effective natural treatments you can use if you suffer from bunions.
1. Introduce Foot Exercises
Regular exercises is the answer to many problems with our body and similarly foot exercise can slow or even stop the development of your bunions. Do the stretching exercises every day, especially after taking off your shoes or before going to bed at night to relax your feet after a long day.
Start with stretching your big toe by pulling it proper alignment with the rest of your toes. Use your fingers to do it right.
Stretch the rest of your toes as well. Just point them straight ahead for ten seconds and then curl them under for ten seconds. Do it a few times.
You can also make your toes more flexible by pressing your toes against the wall so that they are bent back. Hold them in this position for ten seconds and come back to the starting point. Repeat the exercise a few times.
A good exercise is trying to grip things with your toes. You can pick up a piece of clothing or a towel. Simply pick the object up and drop it. Repeat it several times.
The above exercises are simple and they will just take you a few minutes a day. You can even do them while watching TV or reading a book. However, they are very effective so it’s worth doing them on a daily basis.
Massage will help relax and strengthen the feet muscles, as well as help them keep the right shape. You can even do it at home.
– Roll a special massage ball or a regular tennis ball with your feet.
– Massage your feet with your thumbs upward and back, pressing gently.
– Spread your toes, put your fingers in between them, and pull your hand up and down.
– Take a toe in your hand, and pull it slightly upward. Repeat for each toe.
3. Foot Hygiene
Regular foot soaks will help lift tiredness, reduce sweatiness, and eradicate harmful bacteria.
– Use herbs known for their anti-inflammatory properties, such as chamomile, calendula, or lavender.
– If you’re going to the beach, be sure to walk on the sand or pebbles barefoot: it’s a great massage.
If you’re overweight or obese, you need to do something about it to prevent it from making your bunions worse.
Choose a remedy that catches your attention and give it a try to manage your bunion symptoms.