How To Treat Bunions with Alternative Medicine

If you are suffering from bunions, do know that the most effective treatment specially for highly severe cases is still surgery. However, if the bunions are still in its beginning stages, you may consider taking other, non-invasive treatments for your condition. Here are some examples of alternative treatments for bunions:

  • Massage the affected area. Use peppermint oil (blended with a good carrier oil) to massage your bunions gently. This will help aid your circulation and will help ease the pain.
  • Have some hydrotherapy footbaths. To help relieve the swelling, you could immerse your feet in a relaxing footbath at the end of the day. One recipe for a relaxing foot bath is 4 drops tea tree oil mixed with 4 drops peppermint oil and 2 gallons warm water. Soak your feet in this mixture for 30 minutes a day.

    Another recipe is simply to mix a half cup of Epsom salt in two gallons of warm water.

  • Apply ice packs. You could do this throughout the day whenever your bunions become particularly painful, inflamed or swelled. It’s recommended that you also apply the ice packs for ten minutes right before you go to sleep at night.
  • Try topical treatments. There are some available pain relievers that you could easily apply over the bunion. One example is the Orthogel Cold Therapy Relief Gel.
  • Use arch support for your shoes. Placing arch support in your shoes will work to transfer the pressure off of the bunion.
  • Wear socks. This will help cushion your bunions and will work to reduce the friction it receives, as well. However, you should avoid using ordinary cotton socks, as cotton only serves to increase the friction on your bunion. You could buy socks specially-made for people with bunions: two examples are Juzo Silver Sole Socks and New Balance Extra-Wide socks.
  • Use bunion pads. You could place a soft pad over your bunions to prevent it from rubbing against your shoe. There are many types of pads that you could choose from, made of a variety of materials such as gel, foam, felt, and silicone. Though you could buy one-time use bunion pads, it’s more practical if you buy ones that are washable and reusable.
  • Use Bunion splints. Bunion splints are worn at night and which are designed to prevent the first and the second toes from pushing against each other.
  • Stretch your shoes. Use a ball and ring shoe stretcher to manually stretch your shoes in the area of your bunions. This will ensure that there is adequate room in your shoes to accommodate your bunions.
  • Use toe spreaders. There are available silicone gel toe spreaders that are designed to keep your toes separate whenever you wear thongs or slippers. Wearing these toe spreaders will help aid circulation in your feet and will reduce friction.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. One of the ways that bunions could be aggravated is by wearing ill-fitting shoes. Spare your feet the pain by wearing only very comfortable shoes which fit you very well.
  • Consult your podiatrist. Of course, it’s still essential that you get professional treatment for your foot condition. This is specially true if your bunions are severe, or if you have other conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or circulation problems.

There you have it! These are some of the ways that you could best treat bunions using alternative medicine and other non-invasive treatments. Good luck, and hope this helped!


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