WHAT ARE BUNIONS?
If the side of your big toe sticks out noticeably, you may have a bunion. A bunion is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. Scientifically speaking, bunions are characterized by medial deviation of the first metatarsal bone and lateral deviation of the big toe.
The exact cause of bunions is unknown: some medical professionals say that it’s caused by long-term use of shoes, especially the tight fitting ones with pointed toes. Others say it’s caused by genetic factors, worsened by wearing tight fitting shoes for extended periods of term.
Bunions occur when pressure is applied to the side of the big toe, forcing it inwards, leaning on the other toes. Because of this pressure, the tissues surrounding the joint often become swollen, tender and painful. Research shows that people from cultures who do not wear shoes do not suffer from bunions at all. That’s why bunions are majorly linked to wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BUNIONS
If you have a bunion, you might be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
Joint between big toe and foot protruding outwards
Big toe shifting or slanting against the other toes
Joint redness and pain
Pain when walking
Blisters around bunions
Tenderness around bunion
Calluses along the feet when the bunion rubs against your shoe
HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS HELP BUNIONS?
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquid plant extracts that have powerful therapeutic properties. They have a wide variety of properties that are beneficial in giving relief to bunions and helping them reduce in size and disappear. Some of these properties include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial and more. Essential oils promote blood circulation, reduce inflammation, prevent blisters from forming, numb down pain and heal the tender tissue.
4 BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BUNIONS
1. EUCALYPTUS RADIATA ESSENTIAL OIL
2. LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
3. WINTERGREEN ESSENTIAL OIL
4. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BUNIONS
Outside of seeing a medical professional for bunion treatment, the best way to use essential oils for bunions is through gentle massage. Dilute one or more of the essential oils above in a suitable carrier oil and gently massage it on the affected area. You can use essential oils for bunions through the following ways:
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