How To Get Rid Of Bunions, Naturally?
A bunion, medically known as hallux valus, is the inflammation and enlargement of the joint of the big toe, which causes a red, swollen, painful knob of bone on the outer side of the foot just below the toe. Other symptoms of bunions include irritated skin around the bunion, pain and discomfort when walking, joint redness and soreness. If the bone continue to enlarge and thicken, it can shove the big toe to the side across the second toe which can ruin the alignment of the bones next to the big toe, and as a result the bottom the foot hurts all the time. Sometimes the pain aggravates so much that people found bunionectonomy, a surgery to remove the bunion, the only way to end the miserable pain. But surgery to remove the bunion should be a last resort. Find out home remedies on how to get rid of bunions and the pain it causes.
What causes bunions? Many underlying factors could be risk factors for a bunion. Shoes with narrow toe box, tight shoes or ill fitted shoes, most particularly, very high heels are believed to be a major cause for the bunion. Hereditary also plays a role in developing bunions but certain activities make bunions worst. Similarly people with severe flat foot are more susceptible to form bunions because of lack of ligament stability. Bunions are found common in Patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Females tend to suffer bunions greater than men due to ill-fitting shoes.
Home remedies to get rid of bunions
There are a number of effective home remedies to get rid of the pain and discomfort a bunion can cause. But if you have a painful big toe, see an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist.
Stretching can help reduce or eliminate the progression of a bunion and the pain it causes. Try the following exercises regularly. If the exercise hurts, do as many repetitions as you can.
1-Sit with your legs outstretched on the floor with your heels side by side and touching. Loop a thick, fairly stiff rubber band (a heavy duty office rubber band would be ideal) around both big toes. With your heels together, move the tops of your feet apart (it will look like a V). Hold the stretch for 5 to 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 to 20 times or as much as you can do comfortably.
2- To reduce and alleviate foot strain a bunion causes do this exercise. Sit down on a chair and place a golf ball on the floor under your foot, and roll it around under your foot for two minutes. This can help relieve foot strain and cramping
Ice is the best and cheapest first aid for bunion pain. Cooler temperature improves blood circulation, helps soothe swelling and inflammation, and numbs the pain of a bunion.
Put some ice cubes inside a plastic sandwich bag, wrap the bag in a cotton cloth. Apply it to the bunion in three minute cycles. That is hold the ice on the affected area for 10 minutes and then take it off for 10 minutes. Again apply the ice for 10 minutes. Repeat this procedure two to three times a day whenever you feel bunion pain.