Natural remedies for bunions include using anti-inflammatory medications, doing stretching exercises, using orthotics and wearing loose shoes, according to MedicineNet. It is prudent for people with bunions to avoid activities that put pressure on the foot and apply ice to the joints, reports WebMD.
Physical therapy exercises can help improve the mobility between the big toe and the rest of the foot, reducing progression of the bunions, explains Everyday Health. The exercises help strengthen the muscles that control the big toe and maintain flexibility of the foot. Some exercises that help with bunions include toe stretches, toe flexing and contracting, stretching the big toe, resistance exercises, and ball rolls. An individual with bunions should avoid performing activities that are strenuous to the foot and the big toe, WebMD advises. Activities such as bicycling and swimming are preferable.
Using anti-inflammatory medications help to reduce pain and ease the inflammation of the foot, notes MedicineNet. These medications include ibuprofen products such as Advil, PediaCare Fever, Motrin, Medipren, Nuprin and Children's Advil/Motrin; naproxen products such as Naprelan, Naprosyn, Anaprox and Aleve; and aspirin or Ecotrin. A local cold-pack application is useful for pain. An affected person can apply ice to the joint while the big toe is in a raised position for between 10 and 20 minutes, WebMD suggests.