Bunions are unpleasant and painful bump on your feet. A large number of people, more women than men, are encountering this problem. Bunions are not only an aesthetic problem, but could also represent a serious health problem.
What are bunions?
Bunions are structural deformity of the bones, which appear next to the root of the thumb, and actually represent the accumulated salt deposits. Bunions can be a real nightmare. Except the fact that they hurt and ruin the aesthetics of your feet, they can pose problems in a functional sense, you cannot find appropriate shoes.
What causes bunions?
- Wearing uncomfortable shoes for a long time, especially high heels and too tight shoes
- Also wearing completely flat shoes can cause this deformity
- Flat feet can be the cause of bunions
- Genetic predisposition
- Colds, flu, tonsillitis, gout can contribute to emergence of bunions and also inadequate nutrition and poor metabolism.
Symptoms of bunions
- Bulge on a foot that is on the inside of the joint of the thumb
- Pain and tenderness to the touch
- Redness and inflammation
How to treat bunions naturally
Bunions represent a nasty problem that lately affects more and more people. They are mainly due to genetic predisposition and poor quality of shoes that we wear. The treatment of bunions without surgery covers a wide range of procedures aimed to alleviate the symptoms and slow progression of this deformity and it is important that patients are adequately and timely acquainted with the nature of the illness itself.
The good news for people with this problem is that they are successfully treated by non-surgical technique that is known as the Bowen therapy. Continue reading to learn about the experiences with this technique. In addition we will share with you a couple of solutions which will help you get rid of bunions in a natural way, with folk and alternative medicine.
Bowen therapy for the treatment of bunions
It is a natural, relaxing treatment method for our feet, a part of the body that has to carry around a huge load. Our feet may also suffer due to congenital or acquired deformities of the spine, or for wearing completely flat shoes, which may cause the formation of this painful bump. Bunions may occur regardless of your age: young and old, men and women. Experts who deal with this technique consider that the human body is superb machine that has the ability to heal itself.
People who struggle with this persistent problem should be careful about the choice of shoes and posture, and it is recommended to walk barefoot from time to time. In the treatment it is necessary to work simultaneously on reducing the load on your feet and the entire spine. The elimination of painful bunions usually rehabilitates pain in the spine first. After a few treatments the pain in the thumbs and feet is reduced by 50 percent, and later it is reduced even more, until it completely vanishes.
Bowen therapy consists of gentle movements with your thumbs and other fingers across the muscle and connective tissue, over bare skin or light clothing. These movements send messages to the nervous system and activate the previously stored cellular memory of their relaxed and balanced state.
Bowen technique typically lasts for one hour and includes frequent breaks. With these brakes the body gets enough time to adequately respond and to begin the healing process. In solving this problem an intense foot massage is also used, called reflexology. With intense pressure on the shortened tendons the correct position of toes is returned, and the changes are visible after a few treatments. Bunions are reduced and the foot support is changed. However, the effectiveness of treatment depends on the patient, who must actively participate in the treatment and adhere to protocols for softening bunions. Usually specific exercises for feet and fingers are prescribed to them, as well as baths and appropriate creams. Bath and exercise with a rubber band last twenty minutes and creams to soften the tissue on the joint.
Bunions cannot be cured for a day. If patients skip home treatment it will significantly slow the therapy, which can be clearly seen during the treatment. Because of indiscipline of such persons, instead of three months, treatment can last twice as long. So it is recommended that patients generally respect the advice of experts, because they do not want to suffer pain and have deformed foot. What makes Bowen therapy different from all other techniques is that it is not a forced manipulation and this technique allows the body to do what is necessary to heal itself.
Therapists who use this method say that the body knows how much time it takes, but the fact is that the results are remarkable when bunions are in question. The changes are visible after the first treatment, and the body continues to heal itself in the coming days. Just a few sessions are often enough to achieve a good result. The therapist can focus on just one issue, such as the bunions, or to work on the body as a whole.
Bunions are just a small part of what Bowen therapy can treat. Experts claim that this method achieved excellent results in suppressing musculoskeletal problems, as well as those with joint pain, such as cramps in the shoulders, injuries caused by continuous stress disorder, knees and hips, sprained ankle, sciatica, scoliosis, kyphosis, and it is well demonstrated in the case of all types of sports injuries.
Bowen therapy can cure infertility, migraines and severe headaches, asthma and bronchial disorders, pollen allergies, kidney problems, nighttime urination and disorders in the digestive tract. This method helps to combat the consequences of stress, anti-tension, depression and chronic fatigue, even in treating the consequences of stroke or Parkinson’s disease. It is recommended for all family members, from newborn babies to the elderly, whether they have acute or chronic ailments.
Therefore, you should know that bunions are not the only disease that can be treated with this technique, because it helps the body on all levels – physical, mental and emotional level, and the placebo effect is completely turned off. All these allegations are proven with results achieved in working with babies and animals. Bowen therapy offers exceptional relaxation to athletes, pregnant women and people with disabilities.
Natural recipes for bunion treatment
Bunions can be successfully cured with the help of herbs and folk recipes. We have prepared a few of them:
Bay leaf for treatment of bunions
Take a tablespoon of finely shredded bay leaf and combine it in enamel bowl with 3 dl of water, then gently cook the next five minutes. Pour all into a thermos and leave it to stand one night until the morning. When you wake up immediately strain and drink it slowly with small sips. Do not drink it all at once. Make this drink three nights in a row, so the next day you consume it fresh. Take a break for one week, then repeat the treatment. After the first two rounds, bunions will start to reduce, while they will completely disappear in about 60 days.
Bay leaf can be combined with the 96 percentage alcohol. Take 5 bay leaves and cover them with 1 dl of alcohol, let stand for seven days and then strain it well. Apply the mixture to your feet over bunions, but before that you must soak your feet in three liters of warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda. After soaking dry your feet, apply the mixture, put on appropriate short socks (cotton only), lie down and relax.
Homemade soap and iodine alleviate and remove the discomforts
Grate a little bit of homemade soap and apply it to the affected part of the foot, and gently massage your feet. After the massage, rinse your feet and dry them out. Take a cotton swab and tip it in iodine and apply it to the bunions, drawing vertical and horizontal lines that are one centimeter apart. When finished and everything is well absorbed and dried, then put your socks on. This technique for treating bunions should be applied thirty days without any breaks.
Bunions can be treated with iodine and lemon juice solution (make it in equal proportions), and this mixture helps with pain in the heel.
If you combine 10 ml of iodine with 5 finely powdered aspirin tablets, you can get a remarkable cure for aching joints but also for painful bunions. It is important that you shake the mixture well, until the tablets are completely dissolved. You can apply this solution to all painful spots on your feet, and after that your legs need to be warmed up. Bunions will slowly start to go away.
Dissolve a bag of gelatin in half a glass of water. Put the mixture on a cotton cloth and place over bunions as a compress. Wrap it in a plastic bag, and then cover with a dry cloth or a towel. Leave this on overnight. Repeat this treatment every night, as long as the situation does not improve.
Steam your feet
It is advisable to steam your feet every day if you have bunions, at least for a month. There are several blends that can help in solving this problem. In a pot full of potato skin, add water and cook for about ten minutes. Allow it to cool and soak your feet for about half an hour, it is advisable to repeat this procedure for at least 10 days. It is also recommended to steam your feet in sage tea. Put 50 grams of sage in 3 l of boiling water for about 10 minutes. Then soak your feet in the liquid for half an hour, without straining the tea. You can steam your feet one liter of warm water, with 2 tablespoons of salt and 10 drops of iodine added. After each of these treatments you must wear socks and rest.
Bunions and shoes
In order to prevent bunions in time it is very important to wear shoes that are most comfortable for your feet. Therefore, you should never buy the first thing you see, but take some time to try out the shoes. We need to walk for a while in the shoes at a store and determine whether they are really comfortable or a complete failure that will only cause more problems.
The best shoes are leather shoes and the height of the heel should not exceed 2 inches, or 5 centimeters. If a person has a deformity of the foot, it is necessary to visit a doctor and determine what the problem is.