A bunion can form on your big toe for a number of reasons. This can include wearing shoes that are too small or that are extremely narrow. The bunion forms because there is no room for your feet to breathe. The pressure applied to this area results in a bump around your toe. You may want to get your bunion removed as quickly as possible because it can become painful to walk. Once your bunion removal surgery is complete, you may experience inflammation around your feet, which eases as your foot begins to heal. However, it can take weeks and months until you fully recovery from bunion removal surgery. Luckily, there are a few tips you can use to reduce inflammation right now.
Dip Your Foot in an Ice Water Bath
Once your cast is removed and you are outfitted with a brace, then it can be easier to get your foot wet. One of the easiest ways to speed up healing and keep inflammation to a minimum is by putting your foot in an ice water bath. The extreme temperature will ease blood flow to areas of your foot that are inflamed. This will result in a reduction in the amount of inflammation you have to deal with. An easy ice water bath can be created by filling a bucket with ice. Add water into the bucket and submerge your foot in the bath. Hold your foot in the bath for as long as possible before removing. The longer you keep your foot in, the better the bath will work to get rid of inflammation
Rub Your Foot with an Anti-inflammatory Herbal Oil
Since an ice-cold foot bath may not be the most desirable way to get rid of inflammation for many people, there are other methods that you can use. One option includes massaging your foot with an anti-inflammatory herb. Depending on your tastes, there are a number of anti-inflammatory herbs that you can choose from including chickweed and tamanu oil. An anti-inflammatory herb will help to alleviate inflammation around your surgical area. Heat up the herbal oil in a microwave or in a pot by mixing it with a carrier oil like coconut oil. Simply apply the herbal oil to your fingertips and use your fingers to gently massage it in. Repeat this process in the morning and at night.
Recovering from bunion removal surgery can be a long and difficult process. Therefore, use these tips to help make the process much easier by reducing inflammation. For more information, contact local professionals like Robert A. Raley, DPM .