Just when we thought we’d heard about every possible home remedy under the sun to treat foot problems, something new pops up. This time it’s Crisco. There’s no doubt Crisco can work its magic on a number of things besides cooking – such as squeaky hinges, getting gum out of hair, or polishing shoes – but when it comes to bunion treatment we seriously have our doubts. Even if a celebrity swears by it, like in the following excerpt:
Posted by: Essence
Viola Davis Uses Crisco to Cure Bunions
The cure to your foot pains may be in a little blue can of vegetable shortening.
While appearing on theEllen DeGenres Show, Viola Davis recently revealed that the night before the SAG Awards, where she won for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama, she was worried about walking in heels with a painful bunion on her foot.
Her solution? A can of Crisco. Yes, the white, fatty grease is a staple in southern kitchens and also in Davis' beauty regimen.
"I've got a bunion on my right foot. So before the awards, I told my husband to go to the store and get a can of Crisco," she said. Davis rubs the greasy salve into her foot to smooth the skin, ease the friction and soothe the dry skin.
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The thing with bunions is, they are a bone deformity that forms when the toe moves out of place. The enlargement of the toe joint creates a bump. When that bump rubs against footwear it causes friction and pressure that can be quite painful. How can Crisco help that? Well, it can’t. To help the foot pain caused by your bunion, make sure you’re wearing carefully-fitted footwear. There is also protective padding or shoe inserts that could help.
Ultimately, a bunion won’t go away on its own. Some people can live for years without giving their bunion a second thought, but if it is causing foot pain, it becomes difficult to bear weight and do normal every day activities, it’s time to consider other treatment options.
A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare starts by evaluating patients to see if they are candidates for a treatment called HyProCure®. This procedure can have a positive impact on bunions by reducing the size and pain of the bunion by 40 to 50%. If that isn’t an option, then bunion surgery may be considered.