Do you dread the thought of putting on shoes every morning? Is that bony bump on the side of your foot starting to become too painful to bear?
Let’s face it, bunions aren’t fun. Not only are they painful, but they’re also quite unsightly. The good news, however, is that you can treat some symptoms of bunions from the comfort of your own home. While the permanent fix requires surgery to realign joints, these home remedies can help soothe your pain in the meantime.
- Toe exercises, such as toe stretches, resistance exercises and towel curls: Keep your foot flexible by doing simple daily exercises. Stretch your toes by pointing them straight for five seconds before curling them under for another five seconds.
- Deep-tissue massage: Use your fingertips to gently massage muscles around the bunion in a circular motion until you feel the tension loosen. You may want to apply an ice pack following your massage.
- Use cushions and pads to reduce pressure: Pointed-toe heels and other narrow shoes cause bunions. You can relieve the pressure by wearing supportive shoes and sole inserts. Ever heard of custom orthotics?
- Avoid tight fitting shoes, such as high heels: Sturdy shoes are a must for people who are constantly on their feet.
- Temporary relief from ice packs: Wrap ice in a towel before applying it to the bunion. This will help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Barefoot yoga to work foot muscles: Certain yoga poses help strengthen the feet muscles.
You may also try long walks at the beach. Sure, it may sound silly now, but walking in sand helps exercise the feet. These non-surgical methods won’t cure bunions, but they can slow growth and provide some much appreciated pain relief.
If you find at-home remedies aren’t enough to soothe your painful bunion, call our Los Angeles office today at (310) 247-9255.