A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bunions
I had a question the other day about bunions.
A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around your joint at the base of your big toe.
Your big toe may turn toward your second toe.
The tissues around your joint may be swollen and tender.
A bony bump at the base of your little toe is called a bunionette or tailor’s bunion.
Your little toe also bends inward, and your joint swells or enlarges.
You may get bunions if:
>The way your foot is shaped puts too much pressure on your big toe joint.
>Your foot rolls inward too much when you walk.
>You have flat feet.
>You often wear shoes that are too tight.
All of these may put pressure on your big toe joint.
Over time, the constant pressure forces your big toe out of alignment, bending it toward your other toes.
Your bunion may not cause any symptoms.
Or you may have pain in your big toe, red or irritated skin over your bunion, and swelling at the base of your big toe.
Your big toe may point toward your other toes and cause problems in other toes, like a hammertoe.
Currently, no strong evidence points to the best treatment for bunions.
But in most cases, you can treat them at home.
This includes wearing shoes that don’t hurt your feet.
For example, avoid high heels or narrow shoes.
You can wear pads to cushion your bunion, and in some cases, you can use custom-made shoe inserts.
Avoid activities that put pressure on your big toe and foot.
But don’t give up exercise because of toe pain.
Try activities that don’t put a lot of pressure on your foot, like swimming or bicycling.
Proper footwear may prevent bunions.
Wear roomy shoes with wide and deep toe boxes, low or flat heels, and good arch supports.
Avoid tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes that put pressure on your big toe joint.
Medicine won’t prevent or cure bunions.
To deal with bunions it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.