bunions

Get Rid of Bunions Naturally

Bunions are a foot problem that form inside the foot rather than outside it like callouses. It is generally a form of arthritis or bone degeneration and is usually a bony bump on the outside of your big toe, big toe joint or the little toe. They are very painful and often accompanied by bursitis. If left untreated they can rub against your second toe and cause another painful condition known as hammertoe. In most cases bunions are hereditary and if your parents suffered from them, chances are you will too. They also come in pairs so if you develop one on your left foot, chances are you’ll get one on your right as well.

 

How do I know if I have bunions?

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Swollen, bony bump on the outside of the foot
  • Pain and swelling over the big toe joint
  • Hard, callused and red skin
  • Sore skin over the bunion
  • Changes in the shape of your foot.

 

How do I prevent bunions?

  • Walk barefoot and give your feet some space.
  • Change your shoes and try barefoot or minimalist shoes to help give your toes space.
  • Always make sure your shoes are the right size.
  • Avoid high heels and pointy toed shoes.
  • If you have a propensity towards developing bunions avoid activities that can cause them, such as ballet dancing.

 

How can I treat bunions?

  • Foot exercises can slow the progression of bunions. Stretch your big toe, then stretch all of your toes.
  • Wear a bunion pad to realign toes.
  • Tape your foot and toes into a normal alignment.
  • Ice your feet to help alleviate inflammation.
  • Soak your feet in warm water to soothe your joints.
  • Reduce inflammation by eating oranges, lemons, and kiwis.
  • Reduce swelling by eating flax and pumpkin seeds.
  • Bromelain, found in pineapples, is said to help decrease bunion size.
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