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Bunions are bony protrusions that normally appear on the outside of the big toe. Instead of the big toe pointing straight ahead, it leans toward the second toe. This causes the bone at the base of the big toe to protrude. It is a progressive disorder and symptoms usually appear at later stages. Some individuals with bunions never have symptoms.
Bunions are mostly caused by a hereditary weakness. Bunions are not actually inherited, it is the type of foot making a person prone to developing a bunion. Crowding the toes with improper shoes (high heels or shoes with a tight toe box) doesn't cause bunions but they can worsen the progression of this deformity and also cause bunion pain.
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Natural Bunion Relief
Wear proper fitting shoes that aren't tight in the toe box and avoid high heels. Wear orthotic inserts to reduce pressure. Wear snug socks to prevent friction. Wear bunion pads to minimize pain. Wear a bunion splint at night to straighten the big toe (this won't correct the problem but it can provide bunion relief when sleeping).
For bunion pain, soak your foot in hot water (you can add Epsom salt) for 15 minutes at a time.
Pineapple contains bromelain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that reduces swelling, and can help provide bunion relief. Eat pineapple or buy bromelain tablets.
Cayenne pepper contains an ingredient, capsaicin, that makes it hot and can reduce bunion pain by blocking nerves. Cut off the end of the pepper and rub it directly on the bunion.
Turmeric contains a compound, curcumin, that exerts excellent anti-inflammatory effects and is as effective as cortisone. For bunion relief, take (capsules) 400mg 3 times a day.
Chamomile is another well established herb in reducing inflammation and can help relieve bunion pain. Drink chamomile tea. You can also apply the used tea bag on the bunion.
Calendula, often used to treat cuts and bruises, may help provide bunion relief. You can apply a commercial tincture or salve directly to the bunion, 2-3 times a day for a week.
Clove oil contains eugenol, a substance dentists use to swab on gums before giving an injection of lidocaine or novocaine. Place a few drops of clove oil on a cotton bandage and apply it over the bunion 1-2 times a day. This will help bunion pain by giving it a numbing effect.
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