Sunday, 10 July 2016
How to Treat Bunions without Surgery...
After you’ve been on your feet too long , chances are high that a bunion will become inflamed or painful.
To reduce pain and swelling, cold compresses are the best treatment. The cold temperature provides relief by lending a numbing effect on the nerve endings.
1. Put several ice cubes in a thin washcloth and wrap it properly.
2. Apply the ice pack on your foot for about 10 minutes.
3. Remove the ice pack for 5 minutes.
4. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times until you feel relief.
5. Use this simple remedy a few times a day.
Note: Do not use ice directly on the skin to avoid ice burns.
2. Toe-Stretching Exercises
Any exercise that helps strengthen the abductor hallucis, a muscle in your foot responsible for the flexibility of your big toe, is effective at reducing the discomforts of bunions.
Stretching exercises for toes will help keep them flexible and mobile. They will also improve circulation, red blood cell activity and bone realignment. However, exercise will not correct the position of a deformed toe.
1. Place an elastic band around the big toes on each foot.
2. Slowly turn your feet outward until you feel the stretch on the big toes.
3. Hold this position for 1 minute.
4. Relax for 1 minute, and repeat again.
5. Do this exercise for 15 minutes, 2 or 3 times daily.
3. Warm Oil Massage
Massaging the affected area with some warm oil is another effective way to treat the discomforts of bunions. Massage improves blood circulation, which helps reduce the severe pain as well as inflammation.
It also reduces the pressure between the toes and the risk of developing corns and calluses.
1. Warm some castor, olive or coconut oil in the microwave.
2. Dab the warm oil on the affected area.
3. Using your fingers, do deep-friction massage for 10 minutes.
4. Repeat 2 or 3 times daily.
4. Epsom Salt Soak
An Epsom salt soak is another effective way to soothe sore, irritated feet due to bunions.
The high amount of magnesium sulfate in Epsom salt can help get rid of the inflammation and pain brought about by the bunion.
1. Pour a few tablespoons of Epsom salt in a foot tub that is big enough to cover your foot up to your ankle.
2. Fill the tub with lukewarm water.
3. Soak your tired feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a week.
If you do not have Epsom salt, even a warm water soak will help.
Chamomile is one of the best herbal remedies that provide relief from bunion issues. Its anti-inflammatory nature helps reduce the swelling and inflammation as well as reduce the pain.
Brew a cup of chamomile tea and drink it 2 or 3 times a day.
Also, apply the used, warm chamomile teabags directly on your bunions for 10 minutes, 2 or 3 times daily.
Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile with enough water to form a paste. Apply this paste on your bunions. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with water. Follow this remedy twice a day.