The way Hollywood's leading ladies regularly grace the red carpet in their stilettos you'd think they were immune to developing the bunions that plague half of all American women. Those tight, pointed, high-heeled shoes may look stylish and sexy, but they are one of the main culprits for the red, painful, bony bump that protrudes from the side of the big or little toe joint.
Orthotics may slow a bunion's growth, and surgically shaving the bone will put the toe back in alignment, but your flower garden may contain a more natural way ease the inflammation and discomfort.
According to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, marigold paste can reduce the size and pain of a bunion better than a placebo. This is not much of a surprise considering that the flower contains flavonoids, an inflammatory.
The study used a paste made of crushed marigolds of the Tagetes genus and alcohol. It was spread topically on each participants' bunion and then covered with a pad. Patients can see results in two weeks.
If you are in too much pain to wear your fashionable high-heels anymore, you may want to check out more information from England's Marigold Clinic atwww.marigoldfootcare.com.