How to get rid of bunions at home.

Elias Hubbard
September 30, 2019

 

Bunion is a bony bump which can be seen at the sides of your big toes. When your big toes pushes against the next toe, it forces this bony bump to protrude from the sides of your big toe. If some cases the skin over this bump might be sore. Bunions could be hereditary, or you could develop them as a result of tight narrow footwear which places stress on your foot and also it could be as a result of arthritis. Bunions could be painful, cause intermittent pain, restrict your movements, be swollen and sore. All these symptoms amount to an uncomfortable feeling around your feet and therefore needs to be treated.  So, asides from visiting the hospital, here are some ways sometimes called bunion correctors, of treating bunions at home.

Wear properly fitting shoes

This might not be the solution for everyone but for most people this will help correct this defect. Wearing narrow shoes which are not fitting to your kind of feet will place a lot of stress on your feet especially your toes. This will force your toes to cramp together so as to fit into the shoes. Consequently, the widest part of your foot will be under a lot of strain to fit into shoes that aren’t made for your kind of feet. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes, which preferably have low heels, enough space for your feet particularly the widest part. This way you would slowly have that bony bump move correctly into position and disappear.

Maintain a normal weight

Your weight has a lot to say about the stress on your legs and feet. It is particularly important as regards your bunions. If you are overweight, this is added stress to your feet. It is not advisable to compound the issue by wearing ill fitting shoes also. If you are overweight, try and cut down on foods which are known to cause weight gain. Get your weight back to normal as this will help relieve the stress on your feet.

Use warm socks

If your bunions already cause a steady and persistent pain in your feet, this remedy would help. Warm socks would slowly loosen the knot formed by bones at the base of your big toes and cause it to ache less. Try wearing warm socks around the house and especially at night before you go to bed. You would also use them to sleep.

 

 

Use footwear inserts to place your foot correctly in your shoes

Often times we are not aware that our feet are not properly placed in the shoes we wear. Our toes might be bent to a certain angle or squeezed together. This is where footwear inserts are important. While wearing your shoes it helps to properly place your feet in, so you don’t feel any discomfort. Not only does this ease any pain you might feel from aching bunions, it also help prevent any bunions from forming. You can buy shoes inserts at a store or you could also have them prescribed by a doctor.

You could take pain relievers

Drugs like Ibuprofen can be taken at home to help relieve the pain, if you feel pain in your bunions. Although for some people it is an inherited structural defect which presents no pain, so they do not need any pain medication either prescribed or otherwise.

Protect the bunion with a gel filled pad

This can be purchased at a drug store. This gel filled pad helps protect your bunion from contact with your shoes. If they cause you pain, any friction caused by contact with your shoes will be added pain to you. Place a gel-filled pad by the sides of your shoes to avoid this contact. The avoidance will help to gradually reduce the bony bump at the side of your feet.

Wear a splint at night

It might be difficult to wear a splint during the day as you move around. Also the nature of your daily schedule might not make it feasible to wear. This leave you with the option of wearing it at night. This will go a long way to help steadily move your toes into the right direction by holding it straight. It will also help reduce any discomfort you feel.

These methods are what can be used at home without the need for professional advice. It is good to know at this point that bunions are permanent unless they are corrected with the aid of surgery. Now, not everyone suffers from pain in the bunions but if you do and home remedies do not work, surgery might be the option for you. Surgery will be the way to ease the pain if it has been persistent for over 1 year, you cant find shoes that fit, restricted movement in your foot or big toe. At this point your will have to consult the services of a professional whose specialty is in treating foot disorders. Such professionals are orthopaedic foot specialist or a podiatrist.

Like states earlier, bunions are permanent unless surgically removed. Nevertheless, they can lead to complications in some cases, such as;

Metatarsalgia- this disorder causes swelling and pain in the ball of the foot.

Hammertoe- this disorder causes an abnormal bend in your middle joint of any toe. It is particular to the toe beside your big toe and will lead to pain.

Bursitis- when fluid-filled pads which help cushion your tendons, bones and muscles become swollen, you would suffer from this disorder.

Wearing the right shoes are the first step in the right direction towards correcting your bunion. For people who inherit this structural defect and have no pain, it is best to consult the opinion of a foot specialist before taking any steps. For those that suffer pain, which is not persistent, any of the home remedies above will help relive the pain. See a doctor if the pain persists after a long time.

 

 

 

 

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