A bunion is a bony outgrowth on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe. Bunions usually occur on both feet simultaneously. The protrusions can be quite pronounced, making properly fitting, comfortable shoes nearly impossible to find. If inflamed, bunions cause burstites which is painful and makes walking difficult. Osteoarthrites is more likely to develop from such deformations. Calluses usually occur from the bunion rubbing against the shoe.
Bunions are the direct result of wearing improper footwear. Shoes that are too narrow and fit too tightly squeeze the toes together forcing the big toe into an awkward position. Over time, the base of the big toe starts to move outward. Children, whose feet are still growing, are most susceptible, many women suffer from bunions, largely due to the fashions of high heels and pointed shoes, in which the weight rests on the balls of the toes. Flat feet and other foot problems increase the likelihood of bunions.
Eat citrus fruits, kiwis and red currants, which are rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, to reduce inflammation. Make sure to include the white layer under th peel as it contains bioflavonoids which enhance the healing action of Vitamin C. the essential fatty acids, linoleic and linolenic acid, contained in unrefined, cold pressed nut and seed oils such as flax seed oil or pumpkin seed oil will also help inhibit inflammation. The body uses these oils to manufacture anti inflammatory prostaglandins.
Bromelain taken between meals will help break down bunions. A calcium magnesium imbalance can cause bunions. Increasing magnesium to 1000mg per day.
In conjunction with proper foot care, herbal remedies can speed the healing of bunions.
· Foot baths with freshly grated ginger ease sore and aching feet and stimulate circulation.
· Calendula salve helps to relieve the inflammation.
· Apply aloe vera gel to heal and soothe when there is severe redness and inflammation.
· Silicea restores activity to the skin and aids in the cleansing process. It breaks up pathological accumulations.
· make a warm compress by mixing Calc Flour and Kali Mur with a little warm water.
· Walk barefoot whenever possible.
· Exercise the foot by rolling it back and forth from heel to toe, over round pebbles or rolling pin.
· Help improve circulation to the area with daily alternating hot and cold foot baths.
· Add hot Epsom salts to a hot foot to bath help draw out toxins.
· Wear comfortable, loose footwear. Avoid tight fitting, pointed shoes and shoes that are too small.
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