5 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bunions Fast

February 19, 2020
Wearing shoes that are comfortable and appropriate is crucial to keep your feet healthy and avoid the pain of bunions.

Bunions are abnormal bumps that are not only unsightly, they can also be painful if not properly treated. Bunions are caused by the unequal distribution of body weight on the feet, causing the bones in the toes to become inflamed and deform the joint.

They typically develop after age 30 and almost always affect both feet. Their occurrence has been linked to genetics, foot injury and diseases like arthritis.

However, some experts warn that wearing tight-fitting footwear or high heels directly contributes to the occurrence of bunions. The symptoms are progressive and sometimes become so severe that they can only be corrected with surgical intervention.

Since this condition affects the joints of the feet, symptoms include:

  • Pain.
  • Irritation.
  • Calluses.
  • Redness.
  • Reduced flexibility of the affected toe.

According to the MSD Manual, the treatment for bunions varies depending on the intensity of the discomfort. If the condition is mild, experts tend to recommend using shoes with a wide toe box that doesn’t squeeze your toes.  You can also try orthotics or bunion cushions. Anti-inflammatory medication sometimes helps with the symptoms.

If you have severe pain and discomfort from bunions, you may be a candidate for surgical intervention. The most common procedure is exostectomy of the big toe or bunion correction. Sometimes, surgery is necessary to release scar tissue and improve alignment.

Home remedies to relieve bunion pain

According to popular belief, there are some home remedies that can help you get rid of bunion pain fast.

Today, we’ll share five different remedies that you can try to see if you notice a difference. Take notes!

1. Ice

Bare foot on ice

Over time, bunions become inflamed and cause intense pain after standing for an extended period of time. To reduce these symptoms and speed up recovery, ice therapy is an excellent choice.

The low temperature numbs nerve endings and provides lasting relief.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 1 thin towel

Directions

  • Wrap the crushed ice in a towel and place over the bunion for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rest for another 5-10 minutes and repeat 2 or 3 more times.
  • Use every time you feel pressure or pain.

2. Massage with essential oils

Massages with relaxing essential oils are a therapeutic way to increase blood flow to the affected area while providing relief from pain and inflammation.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil (lavender, coconut, olive, castor, etc.)
  • Water (as much as you need to dilute the oil).

Directions

  • Warm the oil in the palms of your hands.
  • Rub the affected area and massage deeply with your fingers.
  • Continue massaging the area for 10 minutes, then rest.

3. Turmeric and olive oil ointment

A jar of turmeric and a wooden spoon

Many people believe that active compound in turmeric, curcumin, can relieve pain and reduce the inflammation.

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions

  • Make a thick paste with the turmeric and olive oil and apply to the bunion.
  • Wait 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

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4. Chamomile

The flowers of the chamomile plant are known for their soothing anti-inflammatory properties that help control the growth of these painful bumps.

Many people believe that direct application reduces pain and soothes red skin.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 towel

Directions

  • Boil a cup of water and add the chamomile flowers.
  • Lower the heat and let simmer for a few minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for a while.
  • While still warm, soak a towel in the infusion and apply to the affected toe.

5. Iodine and aspirin

A mixture of iodine and crushed aspirin could help reduce inflammation of the affected toe and make it easier to get rid of calluses.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon iodine
  • 3 aspirin
  • 1 bandage wrap

Directions

  • Crush the aspirin with a mortar and pestle and mix the resulting powder with the iodine.
  • After making a paste, apply to the bunion and cover with a bandage for a few hours while it takes effect.

Final note

Remember that to stop bunion growth you need to wear well-ventilated, comfortable shoes. Make sure they don’t squeeze your toes or chafe your skin. It’s also important to pay attention to how you walk, and the amount of rest that you give your feet

If your bunion pain isn’t improving with these remedies, see your doctor to get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

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