How to Treat Bunions Naturally

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18-10-2020, 00:50
A bunions is a common foot ailment where the big toe turns inward, causing a bump at that joint. This is usually not dangerous, but it can cause pain and discomfort that you'll want relief from. While pain medications and surgery are common treatments for bunions, there are also natural treatments that you can do from home. If you take these steps and take good care of your feet, you might avoid more invasive options like surgery.

Getting Fast Pain Relief

  1. Apply ice to the bunion to numb the pain. Bunions often get inflamed when you’ve been on your feet for longer than normal. If the bunion is swelling, red, and especially painful, take a cold pack, a bag of ice, or a bag of frozen vegetables and wrap it in a towel. Gently press it against the bunion and hold it there for 5 minutes. Repeat the treatment up to 3 times a day to soothe the pain. You can do this every day while the pain lasts.
    • Don’t hold an ice pack against your skin without wrapping it in a towel. This can cause frostbite.
    • If you have circulation problems with your feet or a condition like diabetes, ask your doctor before applying ice to the bunion.
  2. Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt to relieve aches. If the bunion is making the rest of your feet and ankles ache, then a heat treatment can soothe the pain. Fill a bucket with warm water and pour in 1 cup (128 grams) of Epsom salt in. Stir the water around so the salt dissolves, then soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. Do this treatment once a day while the pain lasts.
    • If you don’t have Epsom salt, plain warm water will also soothe your feet.
    • Test the water before you put your feet in. If it’s too hot to leave your hand in, let it cool off first.
    • It's best to do this treatment at the end of the day after you've been on your feet.
  3. Raise your foot above your heart to reduce swelling. Whenever you’re sitting or laying down, place a pillow under your foot to raise it up. If you can lay back far enough, raise your foot so it’s higher than your heart. This drains blood away from your foot and reduces the swelling and pressure.
    • If your bunions are bothering you a lot, you can also sleep with your foot raised. Either put a pillow under your foot or prop up the end of your bed.
    • You don't have to sit like this all the time, but make sure to do so if you experience any swelling or redness.

Protecting Your Feet

  1. Wear wide and soft-soled shoes to avoid aggravating the bunion. In most cases, wearing the right shoes provides a lot of relief for bunion pain. Look for shoes that are wide-soled and leave about ⁄2 in (1.3 cm) of space for your toes at the front. Soft-soled shoes provide the most cushioning, which will probably be more comfortable for you.
    • Walk around for a few minutes in any pair of shoes you’re thinking of buying to make sure they don't rub against the bunion.
    • If you need advice on which shoes to wear, try speaking to a podiatrist for recommendations. You could also visit an orthotics store and speak to a representative there.
    • Avoid high heels or other shoes with little support. This will make your bunions flare up.
  2. Place moleskin around the bunion so it doesn’t rub on your shoe. Moleskin is a padded gel that fits around your foot to prevent friction and pain. It’s helpful if your bunion rubs the inside of your shoe. Place the moleskin around your foot like a sock, then put on your socks and shoes and walk normally.
    • Many pharmacies or supermarkets have products like this. If you can’t find one that fits or works for you, try visiting a medical supply store for more options.
  3. Use shoe inserts to give your feet more padding. Even if you have comfortable shoes, a bit more cushioning can help prevent your bunion from acting up. Get a pair of gel inserts and place them inside your shoes to give your feet a little more support.
    • Follow the directions for any product you get. Usually, the gel side points down in the shoe and the cloth side points up.
    • Try to get a shoe pad that provides good arch support. This takes the pressure off of your bunions.
    • Look for inserts that fit your shoes, or get a large size and cut them to fit.
  4. Maintain a healthy body weight to keep pressure off your feet. If you’re overweight, you’re putting a lot of extra strain on your feet, which can make your bunion pain worse. Try to follow a healthy diet rich in fresh foods, and eliminate processed foods. Exercise regularly to work off any excess fat. With less weight to support, your bunion pain should reduce.
    • Bunions might make exercising more difficult. Try low-impact exercises like cycling or swimming to avoid hurting your feet. Yoga is also a good exercise that avoids putting pressure on your joints.
    • Remember that you might also be getting a lot of calories from drinks. Soda and sugary coffee drinks can add weight without you realizing it.

Trying Natural Remedies

  1. Give yourself a foot massage to relieve aching muscles and joints. This can loosen up the tense muscles around your bunion. Sit in a comfortable chair and rest your sore foot on your knee. Use your thumbs and knead the bottom of your foot to soothe the muscles in your arch. Then spread your toes apart to loosen the muscles in your foot. Rub gently around the bunion to avoid hurting yourself.
    • You can also use some moisturizing lotion on your feet if you want to.
    • If you prefer, you can also get a professional foot massage. Inform the massage therapist that you have a bunion so they can adjust their approach if necessary.
  2. Add turmeric powder to your diet for a natural anti-inflammatory. Turmeric powder has natural pain-relieving properties that help some arthritis patients, so if you want to avoid medication, it can help reduce your pain. Try adding 400-600 mg of turmeric powder to your diet every day to see if you experience any relief. Popular things to mix it with are tea, smoothies, or sauces. You could also just sprinkle it on your food for extra flavoring.
    • Turmeric could interact with some blood-thinning medications and exacerbate ulcers, so speak with your doctor before taking it.
    • Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that relieves pain. If plain turmeric isn’t reducing your pain, try taking curcumin supplements instead. Dosages range from 300-1,500 mg per day, so discuss the ideal dose with your doctor.
  3. Try acupuncture treatment to relieve pain in your feet. Acupuncture uses needles to access certain pressure points throughout your body. This sounds scary and painful, but many people experience pain relief from an acupuncture treatment. Visit an acupuncture therapist and explain where you’re feeling the pain. They’ll then design a program to access those particular pressure points and bring you relief.
    • Make sure any acupuncturist you visit is state-certified and that they operate a clean facility. Try checking reviews online to see if a facility has any complaints against it before visiting.
    • Find an acupuncturist approved by the National Board-Certified Acupuncturists at

Seeking Medical Treatment

  1. See your doctor or podiatrist if you have symptoms of a bunion. You should always have a doctor look at your bunion, even if it's not serious. An untreated bunion can cause problems down the road, so taking care of it early is the best way to avoid complications. If you experience bunion symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor or podiatrist. Make an appointment with your doctor or podiatrist if you notice symptoms such as:
    • Constant or intermittent pain in your foot, especially around the big toe
    • Redness, swelling, or a visible bump or deformity on your big toe joint
    • Difficulty moving your big toe or your foot
    • Difficulty fitting into your shoes or finding shoes that fit properly
  2. Discuss surgical options if other treatments don’t help. Most bunions get better with simple, minimally-invasive treatments. In some cases, however, you'll get better relief from surgery to shave the bunion down. Your podiatrist will discuss this with you and advise if they think this is the best option.
    • There are 2 major bunion surgeries. The most common one is a bunionectomy, where the surgeon shaves off the enlarged part of the bone and adjusts the surrounding tissues.
    • For severe bunions, you may need an osteotomy. This surgery involves cutting the base of the big toe bone and rotating the bone into a better position, then inserting pins or screws to hold it in place.
    • In both cases, you can make a full recovery within 6-8 weeks after the surgery.
  3. Contact your doctor if your symptoms get worse. If you’ve been treating your bunion and you develop new or worsening symptoms, talk to your doctor. They may need to re-evaluate the condition of your foot and suggest adjustments to your treatment approach.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice increasing pain, swelling, or stiffness in your toe or foot.
    • Some more severe symptoms are your toe or foot feeling cold to the touch or pale and discolored skin. Call your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms.


  • Natural methods of treating bunions can be effective, but if they don't give you the relief you hoped for, then schedule an appointment with your doctor.
  • Medical treatment for bunions can include anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, naproxen), analgesics (acetaminophen), corticosteroid injections, and various surgical procedures.


  • Do not try to manipulate your feet or straighten out the bunion without your doctor's supervision. This is dangerous and requires a professional.
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