How To Get Rid Of Bunions Naturally
Bunions are a very common foot complaint with approximately half the population estimated to have some type of bunion. They are painful protrusions from the foot, typically sticking out from the joint on the big toe. As well as pain directly from the bunion, the condition can also cause the toes to rub against one another, leading to pain and further inflammation. While surgery is an option, it should be your last option, but there are natural and less invasive techniques that you can try to beat bunions.
What Is A Bunion?
A bunion is basically a small bony malformation that usually, although not always, protrudes from the joint at the base of the big toe. Its symptoms include the protrusion itself, as well as pain and swelling around the big toe. Your other toes may also hurt, but the pain is usually worse in those closer to the big toe. Callused skin may form where your big toe overlaps with, and rubs, the next toe.
If you find that your shoes no longer fit, or you are experiencing pain while walking or exercising, and you notice that the side of one of your feet sticks out more than the other, then there is a good chance that you have a bunion.
What Causes Them?
It is not known exactly what causes bunions, but they seem to be aggravated, at least, by wear and tear or over use of the foot. It is also believed that they run in families and that medical conditions like gout and rheumatoid arthritis can lead to the formation of these bony lumps.
How To Get Rid Of Bunions Without Surgery
Bunion surgery is an option, but it should be considered a last option. Surgery is invasive, and it will take time to fully recover following the operation. What’s more, there is assurance that bunions will not reform after the surgery and rehabilitation period is over.
Fortunately, there are a number of changes you can make, and some natural solutions to help reduce the discomfort and beat the pain of bunions.
Choose Wider Or Bigger Shoes
First and foremost, you should ensure that you buy footwear that is the right size for you. Even if you’re only buying half a size too small, it could be causing damage to your feet. However, this isn’t the only size measurement you should consider. Measure the width of your feet to determine whether you need shoes with a wide fitting. If you are wearing standard or narrow shoes, and you have broader feet, this will have led to rubbing, which is one of the possible causes of bunions.
Try moving up half a size or buying wider shoes. This could help alleviate the pain, and wearing the right size shoes is not only more comfortable but it can help to eliminate the chances of developing many other foot complaints too.
Toe spacers separate your toes. This can provide relief from the rubbing that occurs between your big toe and next toe, but it has another advantage too. Spacing your toes in this way means that you can gradually restore the natural foot position. As your toes spread out, the bunion will be encouraged back into the foot and the pain will reduce.
A lot of people suffer from stiffness in their toes, when they have bunions. Stretching the toes can help reduce the pain, and this is also another great way to encourage your feet to adopt a more natural shape. Flex and unflex the toes and end with rubbing your toes for some beneficial massage. Point your toes straight for 10 seconds, and then curl them under your foot for 10 seconds. Repeat this 10 times to get your joints moving more freely again.
Check Your Form
If you have recently started a new form of exercise, or have changed the way you perform any existing exercise, your bunions could be the result of this change. Any poor form that leads to inflammation around the base of the big toe could be a cause of bunions, so this means that if you are landing incorrectly when you run or you roll your ankles, this could be the primary cause of your painful feet.
Massaging is beneficial for a number of reasons. It enables you to stretch the toes in the muscle back to a natural position, which can help to force the bunion back. It also encourages blood flow, which is especially important if your toes are locked into a single position as they rub against one another. It can also minimise inflammation, although you should avoid overly strenuous massage if your feet are very badly swollen.
Ice And Elevate
If your feet are swollen, then an ice compress can minimise the swelling. You don’t have to spend a fortune buying special presses or compacts. Use a bag of peas or a bag of ice. Alternatively, freeze a bottle of water and roll this around underneath your foot while you watch TV or after you have done your stretches.
You can also elevate your foot in order to reduce the inflammation, because this swelling will be causing a lot of the pain that you suffer.
Bunion surgery is a possibility, but it isn’t always effective at providing long-term relief, and it is invasive with a decent spell required for recuperation. Ensure you have appropriately fitting shoes for bunions, use inserts and toe spreaders to correct your foot position, and ensure that you are adopting the proper foot form when exercising. You can also massage and ice your foot to help reduce pain and swelling.