In an effort to deal with the discomfort and pain bunions can cause, some patients turn to alternative medicine when orthopedics and pain killers fail them. As surgery remains the only way to completely remove a bunion, alternative medicine remains an attractive option for people looking to manage a bunion using natural means. Read on to learn how to treat bunions with alternative medicine.
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Things you need
- Physical therapist
- Homeopathic medicine specialist
- Massage therapist
See a physical therapist about the possibility of using ultrasound techniques to slow, stop or even reverse the growth of the bunion. If your bunion makes a poor candidate for ultrasound treatment, a physical therapist can, at the very least, demonstrate exercises you can use to manage the pain and slow the growth of the bunion.
Learn proper taping and bandaging techniques from your physical therapist. These can help hold the toe in an alignment that will reduce the complication of the bunion as well as ease the uncomfortable friction that is frequently caused when shoes are worn.
Book an appointment with a massage therapist to get a deep-friction massage performed on the foot affected by the bunion. A deep-friction massage can alleviate soft-tissue buildup that worsens bunions. It can also treat inflammation and improve blood circulation.
Ask a homeopathic medicine specialist about "Calcarea phosphorica." It is a solution that can help in the treatment and rebalancing of abnormal bone formations that cause irritation to bunion sufferers.
Treat the pain caused by your bunion by exploring acupuncture techniques that are thought to open the energy pathways that promote your body's natural-healing powers. Some patients have reported positive results from a continued regimen of acupuncture therapy, though it doesn't work for all people.
Choose proper shoes. The importance of suitable footwear cannot be underestimated when it comes to treating bunion pain. Wear shoes with lots of room in the toes and across the width and length of your foot.
Consider going with standard medical treatments, including surgery, if alternative approaches fail to yield the results you want. While surgery can require up to two months for recovery, it remains the most effective means of permanently alleviating a bunion.
Tips and warnings
- Soaking your foot in hot water or applying ice to the joint affected by the bunion can be effective for treating the pain and swelling bunions can cause.
- Alternative medicine should not be considered a replacement for the care of an accredited podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon, particularly if you are suffering from complications caused by severe bunions.