Last Modified on Oct 15, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Bone Spur - http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/bone-spur-topic-overview?page=2
Bone Spurs - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bone-spurs/basics/definition/con-20024478
Heel Spurs - http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03031/Heel-Spurs.html
[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.