Earlier this week, one of my relatives was watching repeats of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. He called me into the family room just so I could see Claudia’s atrocious feet. She’s one of the newest members of the cast who had the nerve to bear her corny bunioned feet on public television. She wore her badges of shame with pride and even gloated about it for some strange reason. While I’m all about accepting people for who they are, I was disturbed by the fact she allowed her feet to get to and remain in this condition. I did some research and learned several orthopedic physicians offered to “fix her feet” from free in return for her endorsement of their practice. I’m not sure if she took them up on their offer or not. While I hope she handles her business, it’s important she also learns how to take care of her feet to prevent this from ever happening again.
While bunions can be genetic, they are often caused by wearing high heeled shoes or shoes that are too small. This is also the reason many women develop corns. Spiritually, bunions are a sign that you are avoiding your true calling, not speaking your truth, or you like to place blame. It could also mean you are aggravated because of the burden of carrying someone else’s truth. Corns and callouses are indicative of looking for approval, claiming not to need it, and withholding it from others. This is the type of information that’s missed when one goes for bunion surgery or files the corns and callouses away. Dealing with the spiritual aspect of the physical manifestation is a must.
In addition to contemplating the spiritual aspect, here are a few tips to help you avoid or heal your feet from bunions and/or corns.
- Say no to high heels as they are one of the leading causes of foot issues for women. When you wear high heels on a regular basis, you are forcing your foot to slide forward and take on an unnatural position that can cause bunions, nerve damage, ingrown toenails, osteoarthritis of the knee, lower back pain, irreversible leg tendon damage, and plantar fascilitis.
- Walking barefoot can help resolve the bunion issue. When your feet touch the natural ground, It can help the bones realign to their natural position.
- Make sure your shoes are the right size. Cramming your delicate foot into shoes that are too small for you can definiely cause bunions and corns.
- Wear bunion pads or shoe inserts to realign toes.You can buy them at your local pharmacy.
- Consider drinking turmeric or ginger tea to alleviate the pain of bunions and reduce the swelling and inflammation.
- Trim your toenails because if they are too long, they can push your foot up to rub against the top of your shoe, causing corns and callouses.
- Soak your feet in a tub of warm water to soften the corn and file it with a pumice stone. Add three tablespoons of aluminum free baking soda to the water to enhance the quality of the soak. For another amazing post about foot soaking, check out Sexy Feet for the Fall from my Awakened Vitality Blog.
- Attach a pineapple rind to the location of the corn each night for 3-4 nights. The enzymes in the pineapple will help the corn fall of naturally.
These are just a few things you can do to relieve the pain and embarrassment of having to take your shoes off and public like Claudia.
Love and wholeness unto you.