What is a Bunion?
Bunions are large bony bumps caused by the abnormal growth of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. There is an additional bone formation which together with the misalignment of the big toe causes it to protrude out. Some of the common causes of bunions are influenza, tonsillitis, gout, poor metabolism, improper nutrition, rheumatic infections and uncomfortable shoes. Bunions can get to be really uncomfortable and frustrating, especially while finding the right footwear. Here are a few natural remedies I’ve come across that can be very effective for bunions.
Treatment for Bunion by Natural Remedies:
1. The Bay Leaf Method:
– Pour about 300 ml of water over a tablespoon of crushed bay leaves. Next, cook this for 5 minutes and leave it in a thermos overnight.
– Next, strain out the liquid and take small sips throughout the day. Do not consume all at once.
– Repeat the process for 3 continuous days, and make sure you prepare a fresh drink everyday. Repeat the treatment after a week.
– Crush about 5 bay leaves finely and pour this in 100 ml of 96% alcohol. Leave this for one week and then strain.
– First soak your feet in a mixture of water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Next, dry your feet with a clean towel and apply the remedy and then make sure you wear cotton socks.
2. Soap Method:
Soap is another effective remedy to treat the inflammation and pain caused by bunions.
– Apple shredded soap to the bunion and massage the area.
– Rinse the area, pat dry and then apply iodine using a cotton swab or ball in a net like way, making horizontal and vertical lines that are about a centimeter apart from each other.
– Let this dry, then put on a pair of socks. Repeat daily for 30 days.
3. Olive Oil:
– Massage the bunion, toes and lower foot with olive oil for 15 minutes twice a day.
This increases circulation and blood flow to the toes and foot. It also encourages the synovial fluid to move around the bones again.
4. Red Pepper:
– Cut one red pepper into half and rub its juice directly on the bunion.
– Smear a little petroleum jelly on top of it and tie a thin clean cloth or gauze like a bandage.
Red pepper contains capsaicin that eliminates the nerves of the compounds that cause pain and discomfort, and hence can great to treat bunions!
The other home remedies include ice packs, castor oil and epsom salt.