7 Amazing Home Remedies For Foot Lumps & Prevention Tips

Medically Reviewed by Caroline Duncan, MD
By Kushneet Kukreja

Our feet do so much work as they carry our weight around and help us get from one point to the other. Hence, it is always challenging to have pain and discomfort in the feet. For example, foot lumps can make daily tasks and regular moving around a tough task, and the worst part is that they can be pretty stubborn and refuse to go away quickly. Thankfully, there are several home remedies to treat foot lumps that you can use. What remedies work and what don’t will likely depend on the exact cause behind the foot lump.

In this article, we talk about some of the most likely causes of a foot lump, as well as some of the most effective remedies that can help you deal with it well and truly.

Why Do I Have A Lump On My Foot?

A foot lump is usually a swelling that is localized and can be caused due to inflammation, infection, trauma, or tumors. Lumps can be painless or painful, depending on the cause. If the lump on your foot is painless, you can follow the simple remedies mentioned in this article. But if there is pain and the lump size increases, go see your doctor immediately.

Below are some simple remedies for treating lumps on your foot.

Home Remedies To Treat Foot Lumps

  1. Cold And Hot Water
  2. Epsom Salt
  3. Vinegar
  4. Clove Oil
  5. Ice
  6. Cayenne Pepper
  7. Mustard Oil

Get Rid Of Foot Lumps With These Remedies

1. Cold And Hot Water

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You Will Need

  • Hot water
  • Cold water
  • 2 buckets

What You Have To Do

  1. Pour hot and cold water in two different buckets.
  2. First, soak your feet in cold water for about 10 minutes. Then, soak them in hot water for another 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this the next day if required.

Why This Works

Using cold and hot water alternately improves the circulation of blood in the feet. This will decrease the swelling and treat the lumps on the foot (1).

2. Epsom Salt For Foot Lump

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You Will Need

What You Have To Do

  1. Fill the tub with enough water to soak your feet.
  2. Add the salt to it and mix well.
  3. Soak your feet in this for about 15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every day until the lump goes away.

Why This Works

Epsom salt will reduce the pain and the swelling as it is anti-inflammatory. It detoxifies the body and may eliminate any toxins that may be causing the lumps on your feet (2).

[ Read: Home Remedies For Swollen Feet ]

3. Vinegar To Reduce Lumps

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You Will Need

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the vinegar to the water and soak your feet in this for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Rinse your feet with plain water and apply a moisturizer.

You can also drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water to speed up the healing process of the lump.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day until you get relief.

Why This Works

Foot lumps may be effectively treated with vinegar as it has anti-inflammatory properties (3).

4. Clove Oil

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You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops clove oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the two oils and massage the affected foot with this blend.
  2. Leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Massaging the affected foot with clove oil will help reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, and provide relief from the pain (4).

5. Ice

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You Will Need

An ice pack

What You Have To Do

Simply place the ice pack on the affected area for 10-12 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Ice is an age-old trusted recipe that many athletes use to treat pain and swelling (5). It can help reduce the lump on your foot as well.

6. Cayenne Pepper

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You Will Need

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a thick paste by adding some water to the cayenne pepper powder.
  2. Apply this on the lump and cover with the bandage.
  3. Leave this on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat for a few nights to get relief from the foot lump.

Why This Works

Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, is an effective ingredient that reduces all kinds of inflammation. It decreases the swelling and inflammation by decreasing the pro-inflammatory compounds in the skin (6).

7. Mustard Oil

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • Socks

What You Have To Do

  1. Warm up the oil and massage the affected foot with it.
  2. Cover the foot with a sock and leave the oil on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night. This can also be done again during the day.

Why This Works

Mustard oil reduces external as well as internal swelling (7).

These remedies work at improving circulation to the affected site, which allows the body to treat the lump by itself. A few repetitions of any of these remedies will definitely give you relief from the foot lump. Some other tips should be kept in mind while using these remedies and even after the lump is gone to prevent them from developing in the future. These tips are listed out below.

Tips To Prevent Lumps On Foot

A. Exercise Your Foot

Moderate exercise is the key to good health. There is no such ailment that needs you to refrain from mild or moderate exercising. Many the foot needs only a little exercise to get better. Try simple toe stretching exercises.

B. Use The Right Shoes

Sometimes, the problem is not due to any stress, but due to wearing the wrong shoes. To get relief, wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe and relax. We often make the mistake of opting for shoes that end up squishing our toes or the area below it. Make sure that any shoe you purchase fits you well without creating pressure on any part of your foot.

C. Walk Barefoot

There are many simple ways to let your feet be comfortable, and one of them is to let them be free. Try walking barefoot on the grass for a few minutes each day to relax them.

D. Use Shoe Inserts

One of the most effective ways of treating foot lumps is to use foot inserts. The problem of ill-fitting shoes can be easily fixed with a shoe insert. This will also prevent the formation of lumps.

A foot lump is a localized swelling that may be caused due to an injury, trauma, infection, inflammation, or a tumor. Some foot lumps are painful, while others are painful. The home remedies discussed in this article may be effective for painless lumps and include the use of natural and readily available ingredients like vinegar, clove oil, ice cubes, mustard oil, warm water, and cayenne pepper. If you experience severe pain and notice the lumps increasing in size over time instead of going away, consult your healthcare provider immediately as it may indicate underlying health concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types lumps grow on the bottom of the foot?

Fibromas are commonly seen on the bottom of the foot. These are lumps of fibrous connective tissue and are benign.

What kind of doctor treats lumps on the bottom of foot?

A podiatrist is a specialist who deals with foot and ankle problems. He/She can be consulted for foot lumps as well.

The simple remedies given in this article can go a long way in treating foot lumps effectively at home. If it gets worse, both size and pain-wise, you can visit a doctor and consult him/her for further course of action.

Try these remedies and share your feedback with us in the comments section below.

 

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Kushneet holds a postgraduate degree in biotechnology from Kingston University, London, and is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness &... more

Caroline Duncan

(M.D)
Caroline C. Duncan graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in May of 2017, where her interests were primarily... more

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