A bunion can be described as a body bulge that develops in the joint at the base of the big toe. This abnormal growth occurs when the big toe starts to push against the other toes. This forces the big toe joint to move in the opposite direction, away from your normal foot profile. Over a period of time, this abnormal position causes the big toe joint to enlarge, so you may experience a lot of pain.
There are several causes of bunions, the most common are too tight shoes. In some cases, medical conditions such as arthritis, foot injuries or structural defects can also lead to the development of bunions. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that more than 50% of women in the US UU They have bunions and around 90% of them in women.
To cure a bunion, you will need to undergo surgery; However, home remedies can be a great help in dealing with the pain caused by bunions.
In case a bunion becomes painful or inflamed, apply some ice on the affected area, at least three times a day. If you do not have an ice pack, use a plastic bag with 5 to 6 cubes and seal it or use a thin towel to wrap it. Make sure the ice is in the bunion for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Cut a red pepper in half and use the juice directly on the bunion. Alternatively, you could also try applying a commercial capsaicin cream to the affected area. Make sure your hands are thoroughly washed after handling the red pepper cream or capsaicin.
Heat some castor oil in a pan over a low flame, until the oil is just warm. Then, soak a thin cotton cloth or cheesecloth in the warm oil and place it on the joint that is affected. You could use another towel over this so as to preserve the heat that is generated. Repeat these steps a couple of times, till the pain gets better.
To prepare this foot bath, you should crush three or four tablets of aspirin in a container full of warm water. Soak feet in this solution and keep them soaked for at least 15 to 20 minutes. However, in some cases, aspirin can cause skin irritation. Therefore, in case you experience any discomfort, stop this treatment immediately.