Bunion Blitz - Five Simple Ways To Reduce Swelling


What are bunions?

Bunions (also known as Hallux Valgus) form and appear at the base of the joint of the big toe causing the bone structure to become unaligned and stick out. The bunion deformity causes the big toe to inadvertently point inwards towards the other toes. Contrary to popular belief, bunions are not caused by ill-fitting shoes such as high heels with restrictive toe space, although wearing incorrect shoes certainly doesn't help. If anything, tight shoes exacerbate the problem and they should be avoided if at all possible. It's mainly women who suffer from bunions and the condition can be caused by injury to the area, or by poor bone structure or balance. Genetics are said to play an important role too. The only way to get rid of a bunion completely, is through surgery. However, there are alternative ways that can help ease pain and swelling which will significantly reduce the size of the bunion.

Reducing pressure points

If you suffer from bunions, and they become inflamed and painful, the first thing you should see to is your footwear. As it's a predominantly female condition, footwear can play a major role in shaping our feet.
Bunion Blitz - five simple ways to reduce swelling
Fashionable shoes are a woman's best friend, but stepping out in style can throw off posture and this puts extra pressure on the damaged foot so choose wide-toed shoes at all times, and try to wear heels that don't force the toes forward because this is what causes the bunion to swell. It's also recommended that you heat up a little olive oil and massage it into the bunion. This encourages even blood circulation and the natural synovial fluid within the bones. This is the fluid that lubricates joints which in turn will reduce swelling and accompanying pain.

Red pepper treatment

Painful bunions often don't respond to traditional pain medications, partly because the problem is located within the bone structure itself. Over time, bunions increase in size as the bones become more and more deformed. Chaffing or inflammation occurs when we are on our feet for too long or have rigorous workouts. If your bunions are acting up try this simple home remedy for size.

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