The problem of bunions is also referred to as ‘’Hallux Valgus’’. It is caused by factors such as wearing narrow toed or high heeled shoes, growth of extra bone and fluid filled sacs at the base of the toe, arthritis and foot injury.
Symptoms of this problem include bony bumps, persistent pain, redness, inflammation, stiffness and swelling. The use of different types of natural treatments can provide relief from this medical condition.
Natural Ways To Treat Bunions
Castor oil is anti-inflammatory and analgesic in nature. The direct application of warm castor oil on the affected toe can relieve the pain and inflammation associated with the problem.
A mixture of castor oil and baking soda can also be directly applied on the affected toe several times in a week to get the desired results.
A few ice cubes wrapped in a small towel can be applied on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes on a frequent basis to get immediate relief from the inflammation and swelling. This treatment is not recommended for diabetes patients.
A mixture prepared with the use of camphor, menthol, cajuput, clove and mint oil can be rubbed on the toe to reduce pain and inflammation. Regular application of a paste made by mixing camphor and baking soda on the affected toe for a few minutes can also provide relief. This treatment should be continued for a period of 8 to 10 days.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The affected area can be soaked in a natural solution created by adding apple cider vinegar (2 cups) to a basin containing warm water for a period of 20 to 30 minutes on a daily basis to treat various symptoms of bunions.
A poultice prepared by soaking a slice of white bread in apple cider vinegar can be applied on the affected toe to obtain effective results. It is advisable to cover the affected area with a waterproof bandage to keep the bread moist.
Turmeric is one of the most effective natural treatments for relieving the problem of bunions. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can cure various symptoms caused by the medical condition.
Turmeric powder can be stirred in a glass of warm water and consumed on a regular basis. A mixture of turmeric powder, honey and water can also be applied on the affected toe multiple times in a week to reduce the swelling.
Myrrh is also known as ‘’Myrrhis Odorata’’ and ‘’Sweet Cicely”. A mixture of myrrh tincture and olive oil can be massaged on the affected area several times in a week to deal with the problem.
Application of a mixture of myrrh and lemon oil can also help in the treatment. Another alternative is to apply a mixture of myrrh and jojoba oil on a frequent basis.
Pineapple contains bromelain which is anti-inflammatory in nature. Pineapple can be consumed (250 to 750 mg) 2 to 3 times on a daily basis to get relief from the problem within a short span of time. Intake of pineapple juice is also recommended.