Bunions arise when the big toe points away from the midline causing the joint between the toe and metatarsal bone of the foot to be pushed outwards. It is made worse by wearing tight shoes which push the toes together and high heels which force them downwards. The pressure of the joint against footwear causes the skin and underlying capsule to become inflamed creating a bunion.
Pain and discomfort can be helped by wearing properly fitting shoes, using wedges to push the toes straight or using protective pads. Severe cases may need surgery to straighten the toe.
Wearing high heeled, narrow toe shoes all day increases your risk of developing bunions. It also puts our back, knees and Achilles tendon at risk. Even wearing very tight socks can be problematic.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Black Cohosh||Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving.||As directed|
|Meadowsweet||Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving.||As directed|
|Willow||Natual form of aspirin, pain relieving.||As directed|
|Devils Claw||Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving.||As directed|
|Green Lipped Mussel||Anti inflammatory, can be applied topically as a cream or gel to relieve pain.||As directed|
|Glucosamine||Helps to rebuild the connective tissue around cartilage and joints.||1500mg daily|
|Fish Oils||Anti-inflammatory action||1000mg daily|
Exercise your toes by pulling them towards your head, then pointing them away from you.
Do this exercise whenever you can:
Take a wide 4 to 6″ rubber band, sitting with your heels together, put the band round the tips of both big toes. Keep your heels together and turn your feet outwards to form a V shape. Hold for a minute. Repeat 10 times.