How to Treat Bunions With Foot Soaks

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How to Treat Bunions With Foot Soaks
Treat Bunions With Foot Soaks

That bony protrusion on the outside of your big toe, is often referred to as a bunion. Bunions can be inherited or can form as a consequence of poorly fitting shoes. While bunion removal may require surgery, you can treat your bunions by soaking them.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Large bowl or bin
  • Stones
  • Epsom salts
  • Peppermint extract
  • Tea tree oil
  • Towel
  • Lotion

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take out a large bowl or bin to use as a foot bath. Alternatively, consider purchasing an electric foot bath that heats water and has a whirlpool feature.

  2. 2

    Put a layer of stones on the bottom of your foot bath. The stones massage your feet naturally.

  3. 3

    Fill the tub with enough warm water to cover your ankles. Add 1/2 cup Epsom salts to the water.

  4. 4

    Place 5 drops of peppermint extract and 3 drops of tea tree oil in the water. Use your hand to mix the water.

  5. 5

    Soak your feet in the water. Turn on the whirlpool feature if available. Rub the soles of your feet over the stones.

  6. 6

    Remove your feet after 15 minutes of soaking. Dry feet with a warm towel.

  7. 7

    Massage your feet with moisturizing lotion to prevent dryness. Repeat the bunion treatment bath several times per week.

Tips and warnings

  • Use pumice to remove any excess skin that forms on your bunion.
  • You can also use table salt for your bunion treatment bath.
  • Discontinue using Epsom salts if your skin becomes excessively dry. Instead, soak in plain warm water.

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