Bunions are a common foot deformity that many people suffer from. A bunion is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe, but that bump can actually change the bones in the foot.
Symptoms include pain or soreness, inflammation and redness, a burning sensation and possible numbness. Symptoms occur most when wearing shoes that crowd the toes. Bunions don’t just go away on their own. They actually get worse over time.
While both men and women can develop bunions, women develop them more often because of their choice in footwear, explains Dr. Hartley Miltchin, a Toronto-based podiatrist. Not surprisingly, high heels are the major cause.
HOW TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF BUNIONS NATURALLY
Olive oil is an excellent natural analgesic and anti inflammatory agent that can be used for treating bunions.
Warm up some olive oil and massage the bunion for about 15 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times daily. Do this until there is a significant change with how the bunion looks like.
The massage enhances circulation and increases the blood flow to the foot and toes and encourages the synovial fluid to move around the bones again. The movement of this fluid will lubricate and nourish the joints, while dissolving the excess calcium of the bunion, helping it to heal (source).
If your toe joint is painful and swollen, applying an ice pack to the affected area several times a day can help to relieve the pain and inflammation.
Never apply ice directly to your skin. Wrap it in a cloth or tea towel. A bag of frozen vegetables makes a good ice pack.
To minimize your chances of developing a bunion as well as reduce the need for surgery if you already have one, pay attention to your footwear.
It’s recommended that you wear flat or low-heeled, wide-fitting shoes if you have a bunion.
Avoid narrow or slip-on shoes. High heels can also make your bunion worse by putting excessive pressure on your toes. Never force your foot into a shoe that doesn’t fit.
Bonus! Bunion Massage!