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Heal Bone Spurs: Home Remedies for Bone Spur Treatment

Last Modified on Oct 09, 2015

Bone spurs can be particularly painful, which is one reason why it is important to treat them quickly. However, these miniscule growths of bone can also cause a number of other issues in your muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue. You can treat the condition naturally, though, using natural cures such as ginger, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar.

What Are Bone Spurs?

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are excess bone that grows on normal bone. While the name suggests that the growths are sharp or jagged, spurs are typically smooth. Even though they are smooth, spurs can still cause additional damage to your other bones or soft tissues depending on where they rub together. According to WebMD, bone spurs are most common in your spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet.

Many individuals have bone spurs without ever knowing it; however, if the growths are pressing on other bones or tissues, they can be extremely painful. Common symptoms of bone spurs include swelling, pain, and tearing in your muscles and tendons. Corns and calluses also often form over the site of a bone spur in your foot.

Can I Cure Osteophytes Naturally?

Conventional treatment often focuses on relieving pain associated with the condition or removing the spur naturally. You can use natural remedies, however, to treat symptoms and naturally dissolve a bone spur. Some of the best natural remedies for bone spurs include ginger, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar. Medical professionals, like Dr. Weil, also suggest changing your exercise routine, wearing properly fitting shoes, and reducing stress to reduce foot pain and treat spurs.

1. Ginger

One of the main symptoms associated with bone spurs is inflammation. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, so you can use it to treat issues with bone spurs. Dr. Weil suggests a standard treatment dose of two 500 mg tablets three to four times a day for extended relief and treatment.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is another natural pain reliever. This herbal remedy contains curcumin, which helps reduce inflammation and diminish pain. To most effectively treat pain associated with bone spurs, take 400-600 mg three times a day.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

According to our Earth Clinic readers, apple cider vinegar is another effective home treatment option. One cause of heel spurs is too much acid in your body, which causes calcium deposits. ACV helps rebalance your pH levels and naturally dissolves bone spurs. The treatment also reduces inflammation. You can make a simple tonic using 1 tablespoon of ACV diluted in 1 glass of water. Drink the mixture twice a day for the best results.

Keep reading to find more treatment options from our readers.

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Apple Cider Vinegar   4  0   

Posted by Karlenn (Idaho Falls, Id) on 07/21/2014

[YEA]  I had to hop on here and let you know that ACV has helped my bone spur (maybe even eliminated it?) pain 100%. I had plantar fasciitis for a year, which then created a bone spur. Through physical therapy, I feel that the fasciitis is finally gone, but the spur remained and caused a new, different kind of pain. I'm a ballet teacher and really didn't want to have surgery, because it would put me out of commission for two months. In desperation, I did a google search, found this website, and, nervous about drinking ACV, applied it topically.

I have one of those foot braces that keeps your foot flexed while you sleep, which turned out to be perfect. I would soak a washcloth in ACV, ring it out, and wrap it around the base of my heel. Then I tied a grocery bag around it (it reeks. You gotta contain the smell...)Then put my foot brace over the top of the bag. Then tied a handkerchief over the outside of the heel to keep it pressed right against the skin all night. The next morning, I could walk with zero pain. It got sore as the day progressed, but not nearly as bad as usual. I've been doing it for a week now and it has been amazing. I can dance and jump and turn with my students again. So grateful for this site and the reviews people have given. Now I have a pulled tendon on my other foot and found that ACV works for that, too. Thank goodness for ACV.

Replied by S Barringer

[YEA]   Hey, thanks for the suggestion. I'm an active person too and need to stay on my feet. This sounds like a really effective way to stay on your feet. Thanks so much.
Replied by Alice
Greer, Sc

How do I use this for bone spurs in my shoulder?

Posted by JO ANN (CLEARWATER, FLORIDA) on 07/23/2005


Replied by Celest
Denver, CO

Hi Jo Ann, This Apple Cider Vinegar recipe that was given to you, did it work in clearing up your bone spurs or are you still having problems? Also if you got results how long did you take it?
Replied by Mary
Massapequa, New York

I am very curious to find out if the apple cider vinegar recipe helped your bone spur. I myself suffer with a bone spur on the back of my heal near my achiles tendon. I have been to dr. that say there is no way to treat because of the location. For some releif I was told to try gel pad in my shoes. This really does not help much. I am in alot of pain constantly. I am finding it very hard to walk. Please let me know asap. Thanks
Replied by Linda
Sugarcreek, Ohio

In response to the person who had a heel spur on the back of the heel I have THE answer. I went to a Chiropractic physician whom I told I had the problem (didn't actually know what it was-but painful). This particular doctor treated me with ultra-sound and it was gone THAT DAY! He treated it as part of my routine visit. It was painless (just warmth) and far from a surgical treatment which I hear usually fails. Not all naturopathic or chiropractic offices might do this so please check around. My help came from the Fedorko Chiropractic Clinic in Canton, Ohio. Contact to see if there is a similar situation in your area. Good luck! Linda
Replied by Maral
Peoria, Il

[YEA]   Apple cider vinegar DOES work for heel spurs. You don't drink it. Before you go to bed wet a cotton ball with ACV and rub it over your entire foot and let it dry. My chiropractor gave me this remedy. I could not even put my foot down on the floor in the morning without excruciating pain. The first morning after using it I could not only step down on my foot but I could walk across the floor. There was still some pain- comparable to the pain/discomfort you have at the end of the day after walking on it. Believe me- THIS WORKS!!!
Replied by Danielle
Casselman, Ontario

I have a painful heel spur in my left heel and I sure want to try rubbing ACV on it and see if it'll help me. Thank you for your tip.
Replied by Brandie
Bloomfield, Nm

Please let us know if rubbing the Apple Cider Vinegar works. I am due @ the Dr.on Tues. To decide what to do with mine. Dr. recommends surgery which I absolutely DO NOT want! I have been suffering for over a year and will literally try anything right now to keep away from surgery.
Replied by Ladyliza
Los Angeles, Ca

There are a lot of things you can try. I hope the doctor you went to was a podiatrist. You don't need surgery. There are stretching exercises.. the doctor should know this but the trick is to hold each stretch for 30 seconds with 3 repeats of 10 morning and night.

Then order silicone orthotic pads from Target or Walmart (5.99) (Dr Scholls) They are arch pads (not the whole foot) and you put them in each shoe. You only need 1 pr as you can remove them nightly and change shoes. This supports your arch and relieves the pressure on the heel.

Then there is ultra sound. Podiatrists have this.. No pain. It worked once for me but not the second time.

Never walk barefoot again, and make sure the silicone pads are even in slippers. A block heeled shoe at least 1 or 1 1/2 inches high helps in the beginning take pressure off the heel. But keep using the silicone for life. Then try taking boswellia or tumeric for the inflammation. Its the inflammation that is causing the pain. No one told me this trick.. I learned it from trying it on my sore back and it works.

Forget surgery!

Replied by Julie
Corpus Christi, Texas

I read somewhere on the internet that if you rub the foot that has the spurs with the vinegar before going to sleep it helps, going to try this tonight myself, also I have on order hydrangea root and burdock root together, it's in pill form, 1-2 pills 3 times a day, forget the time span, but you take this and it gets rid of the spur not just the pain!
Replied by Carole
Marysville, Michigan

If ACV can be rubbed on heel spurs, will it help with neck spurs too?
Replied by Johng
Brighton, Uk

And how about a bone spur on an elbow? Would the ACV work for that, does anyone know?
Replied by Chopper
Columbus, Ohio/usa

I worked in a health food store and the herbalist there always suggested enzymes for bone spurs, catch is you have to have a powerful protolectic type and you have to take 2-3 on and EMPTY stomach so they work thru-out your system and not on your food but you have to take 12-16 a day for a month or two and it will dissolve the spur where ever it is. Several customers came back in and said within a week they had relief from pain.
Replied by Dhiraj
Ahmedabad, India

Will it [apple cider vinigar] work with my lower spine bone spur with acute nerve pinch for both legs? Then how to use it for me. Thanks
Replied by Lp
Talkeetna, Ak

As I read so many of you saying "let me know if it works.." I wonder why you don't just try it and see if it does work for you.
Replied by Zakariya

I think I have a spinal bone spur from working out, as I pulled heavy weight. It's been hurting me for 8 month now, do you think the apple cider is applicable to the back?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Zakariya,

Yes, I think apple cider vinegar would be applicable to the back.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Lawrence
New York

All of the answers are related to Spurs in the foot, but what about a spur in the shoulder? Does any of what all of you are saying apply or work for a shoulder spur? Just Wondering.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Lawrence,

The remedies for spurs in the foot should work for spurs in the shoulder. It may take some trial and error to find which one will help you.

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses, Baking Soda   0  0   

Posted by Angela (Rosebud, Australia) on 11/01/2013

About 4 years I got a recipe for ACV, Blackstrap and Bicarb to cure spurs, which I used and it did. But now a friend of mine would like the recipe but I can't remember to the ratio and I can't find it on your site any more. Could someone please help with it. Thanks, Regards Angela

Replied by Debi
Los Angeles, California

Angela from Australia~ I do 1 TB OACV, 1 ts OBSM and just about 1/4 ts Bicarb. I put it in hot (not boiling) water and drink as a tea every morning. Put the Bicarb and OACV in first, it will bubble a bit, then the OBSM. Sometimes I even squeeze in 1/2 lemon (good for liver/gall bladder first thing in the morning).

Also for the foot, I had a heel spur where my achilies attaches to the arch and one on the heel. I had read on here somewhere about rubbing AVC on it so I went one step further. Soak an ace bandage in the ACV and wrap the area. Then I put my foot in a large zip type plastic bag and used tape to secure at the top. The next morning I was pain free! Remember, a bone spur is a bone spur, ACV will help where ever it is located. Some places you woud just soak some type of pad and maybe tape plastic wrap to hold it in place. ACV is a little miracle in a bottle!

Replied by Digibook

I added some nutmeg and cinnamon and some honey for my allergies and it taste like apple cider. Wonderful drink! I hope it helps my hip spurs.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger and Turmeric   0  0   

Posted by Jj (Canada) on 10/06/2015

To treat Bone Spurs, you suggest 3 treatments:

Apple Cider Vinegar (“1 tablespoon in 1 glass of water, twice a day), Ginger, and Turmeric

re Ginger: "Dr. Weil suggests a standard treatment dose of two 500 mg tablets three to four times a day" > how much fresh ginger is equivalent to a 500mg tablet?

re Turmeric “take 400-600 mg three times a day” > how much dried ground turmeric is equivalent to 400-600 mg?

I have bone spurs in my fingers… I suppose from typing on the computer keyboard—any suggestions or direction towards more information re preventing them-- eg are there certain types of keyboards that help with this?

Any other suggestions about the prevention of Bone Spurs – eg nutritionally?

thank you :)


Replied by Sharon

Are you drinking milk? I used to get bone spurs in a couple places on my fingers. They went away after I quit drinking milk. Almond milk can replace the milk you drink. The problem with milk is that the calcium in it has been heated- and many times can not assimilate into the body correctly- thus it attaches itself to joints, and sometimes even kidney stones.

Try it. Hope it helps. There are many types of almond milk to pick from. The unsweetened vanilla is better tasting, but I can drink any of them.

Bone spurs and PH balance   0  0   

Posted by Jayne (California) on 06/29/2015

Your article on how to dissolve bone spurs incorrectly states bone spurs are a result of too much acid in the system. Bone spurs are a result of too high a PH, or too much alkaline. Almost every other thing I've read supports this, and contradicts your statements about too much acid.

EC: Thanks. We'll research this more and make adjustments to the introductory article.

Castor Oil   1  0   

Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 10/07/2012

I have a bone spur on one of my hips due to the stage 4 osteoarthritis I dealt with. Of course, the stem cell therapy has taken care of my hips and I am swimming quite a bit these days. So now, the hip pain is gone but my muscles get pretty sore these days! A welcome exchange, for sure!

The one thing I have noticed is, the bone spur which I saw on my x-ray when I went for my treatment is still apparent when I run my hand over my right hip. After doing research, I see castor oil can rid bone spurs. So, yesterday I began using it. I noticed that there are no posts regarding castor oil as a remedy for bone spurs here on EC. I'm excited to try this to see the results take hold.

Is there anyone out there who has actually used this castor oil for bone spurs successfully? I have used other Edgar Cayce remedies with success so I anticipate the same for this. Still I would love to hear from anyone who has actually done this. Thanks, Lisa

Replied by Tracy
Mississauga, On

You mentioned stem cell treatment for your hips...can you tell me where you got your treatment and how effective it was? Also how much did you pay and where did you go to get it?
Replied by Helen

[YEA]   About 10 yrs ago, I had plantar fasciitis. I used the castor oil massage followed at bedtime by a saturated cotton ball directly over the site, covered by piece of plastic bag, a not too tight ace wrap, and a sock. I wore Haflinger brand wool clogs (excellent arch support) any time I was not wearing shoes. I took turmeric daily, 1/2 tsp beaten into an egg. fried "scrambled" fashion until just done (turmeric breaks down under excessive heat. Absorbed better with a fatty carrier.) Not bad. In a week the pain was greatly reduced. Over time, all pain was gone. After about a year, I could not detect the place where the bone spur had formed on my heel.

I now go bare foot again and the problem has not recurred.

Diatomaceous Earth   1  0   

Posted by Lisa (Texas) on 03/17/2015

[YEA]  For bone spurs, try taking 1 1/2 tablespoons of food grade Diatomaceous Earth every morning and late afternoon. DE boosts your energy levels and can keep some people awake when you should be sleeping.

My bone spur is gone from my right heel, and the neuropathy, which developed after having a bone spur surgically removed from my left foot, is completely gone.

The arthritis in my ankles and wrist has subsided, as well.

I bought mine from a Farm Store and paid $20 for a 10 pound bag, which should last me 8 months. Good Luck...

DMAE Detoxification   1  0   

Posted by Sarah (Richmond Heights, CA) on 12/23/2006

[YEA]  Bone spurs are often a result of fluoride ingestion, primarily from fluoridated water and/or dental treatments. DMAE detoxifies fluoride as shown by years of clinical findings at the Bioenergy Balancing Centers in California.

DMSO   2  0   

Posted by Allen

[YEA]  Hello, I am looking for herbs, etc, that I can use topically, and/or internally with DMSO, to reduce, or eliminate bone spur growth in my cervical spinal chord channel. I have been using DMSO mixed with natural ingredients since the mid 70's and have seen many miraculous results, both in and on my own body and the bodies of friends. Thanks for you time and efforts.

Replied by Tracy
San Augustine, Tx - Usa

[YEA]   If you are using DMSO as a carrier for herbs to treat BONE SPURS topically, two of the best herbs to use are HORSETAIL (Scouring Rush) & STINGING NETTLE (Urtical Diorica). I would suggest adding the liquid extract to the DMSO instead of the dried herb. Equal amounts of each would probably be okay. Herbs & homeopathic remedies high in silica content have been used a long time to treat bone spurs & help remove them. The herbal teas of the same plants can be used internally to treat the condition, as well.

Posted by Ted Donate
(Bangkok, Thailand) | 388 Posts

Bone spurs are caused by ineffective calcium metabolism or excess calcium. What you need to do is find some food rich with silica, such as horsetail, or get some chemical alternative such sodium metasilicate.

Secondly, you need boron supplements to allow proper calcium bone metabolism.

Thirdly, proper bone metabolism also depends on proper levels of potassium which is found in bananas and electrolyte drinks. Magnesium is abundant in leafy dark green vegetables that is taken or eaten in raw. Take also sunflower seeds (salted or unsalted) as they are rich in magnesium.

DMSO helps with absorption, but don't forget that a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt per liter of water will also be helpful with the bone conditions. Dosages of magnesium in form of magnesium chloride is about 500-1000 mg/day. Boron is best at about 5-10 mg/day. Silica supplements is about 100 mg/day. Most people in U.S. are actually silica and boron deficiency. Israel's drinking water is high in boron which is why they have relatively low in bone spurs compared with U.S. I suspect that excess calcium and excess fluoride is a major culprit in bone spurs - everyone with bone spurs seems to use fluoride toothpaste and seems to interfere with calcium metabolism. This happens in plants also, which is why pesticides must be low in fluoride for it stunts plant growth as well.

Replied by Paulapooh66
Boston, Ma

what is DMSO? new to this site~thx!

EC: See this page:

Replied by Kojak
Erie, Pa

Ted... just wondering why not just take silica, instead of those other ingredients you mentioned? Doesn't make any sense to me.
Replied by Ellen
Brooklyn, Ny

Check out diatomaceous earth, rich in silica, lots of tetimonials, detoxification, cheap.

Gelatin   1  0   

Posted by Suzi (Belize) on 11/18/2014

[YEA]  Has anyone ever heard of using Knox gelatin to get rid of bone spurs? My mother used it several times and once I had them and it worked. I don't remember the amount though.

Replied by Lorna

How to use it ....drink or run it on...would love to try it

Milk Soak   0  0   

Posted by Kay (Destin, FL) on 05/01/2014

In response to Lynn's post from 2008:

..."I have a question and I don't know if anyone has an answer, but my brother in law has a bone chip on his ankle. He has had surgery once to "fix" it but it didn't work, the pain is back, and he is once again, walking with a cane. I don't know how big this bone chip is, but is there anyway to either dissolve the bone chip, or to get the bone chip to attach to his ankle?"

Bone spurs can be disolved by soaking in milk until they are weakened and reabsorbed into the body. To hasten & enhance the process, massage the bone spur while soaking. People with bone spurs on the feet use a tennis ball in the soaking pan and roll it around with the foot to help breakdown the bone (while soaking in milk), thereby lessing painful spurring. It can takes weeks/months of regular soaking depending on the size/loction of the spur.

Mimosa   0  0   

Posted by TAN KOON PENG (SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE) on 06/20/2008

Mimosa is useful for bone spur. It is also useful for detoxing our body of toxins. It is an effective Cancer Killer as it can get rid of toxins which is one of the main cause of Cancer. Our body when clear of toxins can function well and allow our immune system to effectively kill the Cancer cells naturally.

For Medical uses, the pink flower, red stem type of mimosa is most useful. All parts of mimosa can be used to treat Cancer but the most important part is the roots. Mimosa can be soak overnight for easy washing. Mimosa should be cook in very low flame for 2 to 3 hour as this process can get rid of the mild toxins in this useful plant.

18 red dates and 12 slices of old ginger should also to added for better results.This herbs should be taken on empty stomach for best results.If you are not a vegetarian, you can also add some garlic for better results. After taking this herbs patients can expect to pass out black and smelly feces.

Mimosa is also effective for internal injury, diabetes, kidney problems, liver problem, diarrhea, skin problems, arthritis, urinary tract stone, rheumatism, anti-aging, child fever, relieve cough, clear phlegm, sprain injury, insomnia, gastric infection, clearing excessive heat in body, promote urination, bronchial infection, child indigestion, stiff neck, bone spur, piles, thyroid, blood purifier etc etc.

If fresh mimosa is not available, you can buy it from chinese medical shop.

Bone spur patients are to abstain from kang kong, carrot, banana, celery, peanut.

NOTE: Not suitable for pregnant woman.

Please share with others if you have any feedback after using this herb.

Replied by Bee
Baltimore, MD

Hi Tan, I saw your information regarding bone spurs on Green Earth and your response in your posting that Bone spur patients are to abstain from kang kong, carrot, banana, celery, peanut. How do these affect bone spur patients. Is this remedy safe to take with other medications?

Thank you.

Replied by Karen
Nuevo, Ca Usa

How much mimosa in the recipe do you use?

Multiple Remedies   2  0   

Posted by Rickdl (New York, Ny) on 10/09/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My xrays in recent months revealed that I have hip bone spurs as a result of moderate hip arthritis and I am only 40. Clearly disappointed... did a lot of reading on natural remedies and have started trying the following:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar (1 Tbsp per day diluted in 500ml water)

2. Glucosamine Chondroitin (Glucosamine 1500mg/day)

3. Supplement containing Vitamin A, C, D3, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12 and also has Mg, Copper, Boswellia Serrata,

4. Vitamin D3 1000IU (1 tablet daily)

5. Once in a while I take Calcium Magnesium (333mg/167mg resp)

Its been 6 weeks since I started on this protocol and have seen some relief to my hip pain. If any of you have tried other remedies please share. I am heavily counting on ACV, Glucosamine and Mendamine to reverse my condition if possible to the least slow my progression.

FYI, I am not in pain but some discomfort occasionally in groin and buttock area. Feel the pain when I get in/out of car but its a very mild pain. Also, I walk on treadmill for 2 miles (30 mins) everyday for 4 to 5 days a week for last few weeks.

Posted by Arshia (Woodridge, Ill, Usa) on 04/01/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, I need some advice on my pills I'm taking, I'm 37 went to dr for pain in neck found out its a bone spur due to bad posture of my neck as I am a hair stylist always tilting on one side and I have doing it for almost 9 years.

I started DMSO rubbing twice a day
magnesium 500 mg once a day
2 pills of vitamin C 3 times a day
Lysine 1000mg Once a day and ACV 2 twice a day.

Now I have noticed that my joints keeps cracking and makes noise and my left arm muscles hurt a lot as if someone is pulling from inside. I my calcium ok or what should I do. my feet hurt a lot and feels tired at all times.

Am I doing anything wrong, it worries me, Ted please guide me with right amount or if I'm missing on anything. Please reply soon. Ty for the feedback and comments would be really appreciated. ty again.

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