Bunions are enlarged areas of the inner part of the
big toe associated with a fluid-filled pad (bursa) underneath
the often hardened outer skin. Bunions are caused by
a swelling of the bursa of the metatarso-phalangeal
joint (the joint that joins the toe to the foot) of
the big toe, which in turn forces the toe to point inward
as the joint itself protrudes outward.
The most common symptom of bunions is the large toe(s)
moving inward and potentially becoming inflamed, creating
mild to extreme pain.
Bunions occur more frequently in women who wear pointed
and tight-fitting shoes. However, bunions can often
What To Consider
Bunions need to be treated or will get worse. Mild bunions
can be treated mechanically though larger ones may require
To correct or improve a bunion, structural and functional
correction of the postural and mechanical (weight-bearing)
factors that led to its development is required. Fallen
arches, postural muscle imbalance in the legs and pelvic
area, and problems involving low back and pelvic joint
mechanics, as well as habits of use (running, walking,
and standing postures relating to work, sport, and general
function) all need attention from skilled practitioners
using manipulation and rehabilitation methods, including
physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths.
The following supplements can help improve the symptoms
of bunions: DL-phenylalanine, D-phenylalanine, niacinamide,
and magnesium. Although these supplements can improve
symptoms of pain and inflammation, they will not get
rid of the causes. Thus, they need to be taken on a
regular basis several times per day to keep blood levels
elevated. Improvement usually takes up to one month
and will subside a short time after these nutrients
are no longer taken.
vera juice, parsley tea, and calendula are all useful
for helping to relieve the pain caused by bunions. Calendula
lotion is also recommended.
Walk barefoot whenever possible. Exercise your feet,
rolling them back and forth, from heel to toe, over
Ruta grav., Silicea, and Arnica are useful
remedies, as is Benz ac, which must be taken
alone, not in combination, like the other remedies.
Contrast application (hot and cold water) applied daily. Hot Epsom salts
foot baths can also help. To further aid circulation
use a whirlpool bath.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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