How To STOP The Progression Of Your BUNION With These 5 Natural Techniques
There are so many people suffering from strange bump on the lower joint of their big toe, medically known as bunion. This condition rotates the big toe towards your other toes. Moreover, this condition can also affect the small toe and many also cause intense pain and discomfort as it develops.
You may not no, but bunions are extremely common, affecting 23% of people between the ages of 18 to 65, and 36% of elderly adults.
What Causes Bunions?
Bunions are hereditary, and that’s why genetics are the major cause. Chances are, that your children will have bunions if you have them. Bunions are especially common for men and women from European descent.
However, beside the fact that they are inherited, there are also other outside factors such as food injuries or deformities present at birth that can increase your risk of developing bunions.
Moreover, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, or lifestyle factors like spending a lot of time on your feet and wearing improper footwear, may also contribute towards the condition.
How To Treat Bunions
It is better to treat bunion as soon as possible since with time may worsen and limit your mobility in the future.
However, there are a few things you can do halt the progression of your bunion.
- Under a doctor’s guidance, wear a splint at night to hold the toe straight and ease discomfort.
- Eat anti-inflammatory
- Protect the bunion from blisters with a moleskin or gel-filled pad.
- Use podiatrist-approved shoe inserts.
- Maintain a normal weight.
- Stay active and practice flexibility-based exercises, like yoga.
- Purchase well-fitting footwear that is wide in the toe area.
You can try the natural remedies below if you are constantly experiencing pain caused by your bunion.
- Red Pepper
You can relieve pain by applying a heat compress to your bunion, but it’s not so practical if you have to run around all day. Luckily, there is another way. All you need to do is to apply pepper juice to your toe joint, wrap it with a bandage and go on with your daily routines.
Red pepper will help you relieve pain and inflammation because it contains capsaicin, a compound that heats up your skin, and it is most commonly used in heat therapy ointments. All peppers produce capsaicin, but using stronger peppers like cayenne may cause skin irritation and a slight burning sensation, so trick to red pepper.
- Ice Pack
If you have been standing all day, and you feel pain in your feet, just apply an ice pack for 10 minutes at a time and repeat as often as needed until you feel relief from the pain.
This massage focusses on releasing tension in the connective tissue in your foot that may be causing or contributing to your condition.
In order to do it, you should sit down in a comfortable chair with your feet firmly on the ground. Grab a new pencil and use the eraser to apply light pressure right above where the inside of your big toe meets your foot. This spot should feel a little sore.
Place your other hand above your foot and push your foot in the direction of your little toe. As you do so, push the pencil into your big toe with maximum force.
After that, lift your heel up and down 10 times in order to get a deeper stretch. You may feel some pain at first, but after 30 repetitions of this exercise 3 times a day, you will definitely feel the difference and it will help you reduce pain.
- Olive oil
All you need to do is to warm up olive oil and massage your bunion twice a day for 15 minutes. This will help increase blood flow throughout the foot and stimulate synovial fluid movement in the joint.
Watch the video above and practice the technique while you are massaging the bunion in order to increase flexibility and strenght in your toe to push it back into its natural alignment.
Another thing you can do is to add more olive oil to your diet to fight foor inflammation and pain.
- Castor Oil
Castor oil will help you reduce swelling and improve joint mobility due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In order to free up your tendons and relieve pain, make sure to heat up the oil.
You should heat up half a cup of oil into a small saucepan until its warm to the touch but does not burn. Now, you just soak a thin cloth into the oil, wrap it around your foot and cover with a towel to prevent heat loss. Leave it on until the cloth becomes cool and repeat up to 3 times a day for pain relief.
- Epsom Salt
You can also relieve pain, relax muscles, reduce inflammation with epsom salt because it contains the powerful compound magnesium sulfate. It can also help you improve nerve health.
You shoul add a half a cup of Epsom salt to a foot-sized tup of hot water and soak your feet for 20 minutes. Follow-up with a light massage and repeat twice a day.