For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a bunion is bony bump which appears on your big toe, due to wearing shoes that do not fit your feet properly. Bunions form on the joint and are the result of your big toe being pushed against the next toe to it. Bunions can often be covered by sore and red skin.
Your big toe is not the only toe on your foot that is a subject to this deformity, smaller bunions may also appear on your little toe. Bunions can also be caused by conditions as arthritis or by an inherited structural defect.
Bunions or also known as valgus, are a very common issue, especially for women. Being fashionable and wearing trendy shoes is very important to most women, but it comes with a price and luckily, we have prepared a list of natural remedies that will help you deal with the price of your trendy shoes.
What causes bunions?
Bunions are a structural deformity which may be caused by numerous biomechanical factors as hypermobility or a high degree of laxity in the foot. Congenital deformities, foot injures and mild variations in the length of the legs are also factors that can contribute to the development of bunions.
Due to foot shape and structure being hereditary, bunions usually run in the family. Moreover, people with flat feet, low arches and loose joints are more likely to get bunions than those who have no such problems.
Sign and symptoms of bunions
- Persistent pain
- Clauses or corns
- Restricted movement of your big toe
- A huge bump on the outside of the base of your big toe
- Experiencing redness, swelling or soreness on your big toe joint
Bay leaf coating
- 100 ml of 96 % alcohol
- 5 big bags of crushed leaves
Put the crushed leaves in the needed amount of alcohol and leave them to soak for a couple of days. The next step is to mix in one tablespoon of baking soda into three liters of water and soak your feet in it. Once you have finished wipe your feet with a towel and then apply a coating of the bay leaves and alcohol mixture. Put on your socks and go to sleep.
Bay leaf tea
- 1 tablespoon of ground bay leaves
- 300 ml of water
The first thing you need to do is boil the leaves, then transfer the liquid in a thermos and let it stay overnight to cool off. It is advisable to drink this tea in the morning before you’ve had your breakfast. Repeat this procedure for three days and remember to always drink the tea fresh. You should witness results within 10 days.
When to see a doctor
Though bunions are usually harmless and are not in need of medical attention, you should consult a professional if you have:
- Difficulty standing, walking or putting on shoes that fit you perfectly
- Decreased movement of your big toe or your whole foot
- Persistent pain in your big toe but also in your whole foot in general
- A large bump on your big toe
Tips to prevent bunions
Stay active and maintain good health
Even tough it may seem strange, maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle can actually slow down the bunion’s progress within a certain amount of time.
Wear supportive shoes
Most of us do not pay much attention to the comfort a shoe should provide for your foot and end up walking around in very poor shoes. It is safe to say that this is mostly a women’s issue, but men also have a bad habit of not worrying much about the shoes they buy.
When shopping for shoes, look for a pair with a stiff, supportive sole and functional insert. The insole can successfully balance the foot and therefore prevent structural compensation between forefoot and hindfoot, which will in turn prevent bunions and hammertoes and other deformities as well.
Not only does massage relax your feet, but it can also strengthen the feet muscles and regular massage can contribute to your feet keeping their right (natural) shape.
- Start by gently moving upwards and back with your thumbs and start massaging.
- Try spreading your toes and putting your fingers between them. Once you’ve done so pull up and down with your hand.
Pick one toe with your hand and pull it upwards. Do the same with your other toes.