When dealing with bunion pain, your daily lifestyle can be greatly altered. Bunions are bone like bumps that form at the base of your big toe on the joint. Most often the big toe pushes against the toe next to it causing a deformity. In addition, the joints of the big toe can sometimes become larger and bulge further out than normal. As well, bunions can form on the smaller toes.
Although surgery may be considered for relief, it should be your last option. Also, most bunions do not require medical treatment. However, an orthopedic foot specialist or podiatrist can greatly help with the discomfort. However, bunion pain can often be treated with many natural home remedies. Here is what you can do:
Soaking Your Feet
A foot soak is a stress-free way to soothe sore and painful feet. You can use a foot spa or basin filled with cool to warm water. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom salt or other favorite bath salts. Soak your feet for 5 to 15 minutes. A cool soak helps with irritated feet and a warm foot soak will soothe the joints and temporarily ease pain.
Foot exercises can greatly relieve bunion pain. For example, stretching your toes can make a huge difference in the lowering the levels of discomfort. Using a strap or your hands to grasp your toes, gently stretch your toes away from the next toe. Hole the positon for about 30 seconds then repeat. Stop all stretching exercises if the pain gets worse.
Buy New Shoes
Sometimes your shoes can cause bunions. Have your feet measured and sized. Most often it is the width of your feet that have changed over time. Likewise, bunions are generally a result of gradual widening of the feet. With new well-fitting shoes, your feet will not be cramped and bound. If you have a favorite pair of dress shoes, you can sometimes have the shoes widened to better fit your needs.
Toe Spacers and Splints
With today’s advanced technology, it is easy to find bunion toe spacers and relief splints. These devices can help lower inflammation and pain by decreasing the stress on the toe joint. Some of the devices available include splints for day use, night splints, bunion sleeves, support socks and gel toe spreaders. However, since bunions cannot be permanently corrected by the use of splints and toe spacers, it is advised to see a specialist if the pain is intense of consistent.
There are also other home treatments that can be used such as cushioned and anti-friction pads, topical pain relievers, corn or callus removal and ice packs. Whatever you try, just make sure to be patient. Don’t expect immediate results. Little by little, though, your pain should subside.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. For your orthopedic needs, Hannah recommends Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers of Illinois.