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Heel Spurs Treatment - Home Remedies that Work!

Last Modified on Jun 25, 2015

What Are Heel Spurs?

If you suffer from heel spurs you know the intensity of heel pain that can come with it, but you may not know quite what is going on in your foot. The pain you feel is the result of a spiky accumulation of calcium on the heel bone. Obviously, our bones are substantially made of calcium in any case, but in the case of a heel spur this is an improperly grown bone formation. The plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue running between your heel and toes, detaches from the heel a bit and the calcification grows as a result of that detachment, giving you your heel bone spur.

Heel spur symptoms can be negligible. You may not notice them at all and may not know they are there without an x-ray of the foot. Usually, the heel spur is a minor issue in itself, a little calcium deposit on the bone, but the pain it is often accompanied by - plantar fasciitis - is no small thing. The pain of a heel spur can be tremendous and accompany every step you take. The calcium growth of the heel spur itself is often caused by the inflammation of plantar fasciitis, and the two conditions can then negatively reinforce each other until you are suffering from a chronic pain condition in one or both feet.

Home Remedy Options for Heel Spur Treatment

At present, the most popular remedies for heel spurs among ECers is supplemental calcium and an ankle wrap using apple cider vinegar. Additionally, stretching the affected foot; using arch supports or other orthotics to reduce impact and overpronation; rest and ice; anti-inflammatory foods, supplements, and drugs; and the herbal remedies ginger and turmeric can all help relieve heel spurs pain.

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Most Popular Heel Spurs Remedies:

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap8
Ice Water4
Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda4

User Reviews

Alfalfa Tea   1  0   

Posted by Carol (Jacksonville, FL) on 06/05/2006

[YEA]  Take Alfalfa Tea several times a day for first 4 wks, then only 3-4 times a wk will be sufficient. Was recommended to me by a co-worker. Works great:)

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap   8  1   

Posted by June (Australia) on 03/18/2014

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar wrap worked for mey heel spur I was in agony for months I had 3 cortozone injections in a week, that's how bad I was. I used a paper towel and made it damp but not soakin put it on my heel for most of the day. When it dried out I repeated the procedure. I did this for 6 weeks taking it of at night and I have been pain free for a year and a half. It sounded really daft but I think its fantastic. My skin peeled where I put to much but it wasn't painful. My brother soked his feet in a bucket of water with apple cider vinegar added and he got relief too.

Replied by Lin J
Michigan, US

Hello, living with MS and have a heel spur on my left foot heel. Do you use cold water or heated water with the vinegar? I also wondered if soaking with really hot water and Epsom salts?

This really is painful and left side was already bad enough as it is. Would appreciate it if you could send a reply please. Thank you, LinJ

Replied by Kryz

Have you had any luck? I have exactly the same problem. (left foot heel pain, ms) I need to lose weight and I'm afraid that the heel pain will interfere with exercise.
Replied by Krishna

I tried soaking a brown paper in ACV and putting it in my shoe, but I realized that it can't be reused as the paper tears into several smaller pieces and it also dries up quickly... Can I just dip the part of the sock that goes near the hell into ACV and wear it?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


We use vinegar on a cloth or sock as you describe with great results!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Maria
Baltimore, Md

I have been dx with a heel spur, and I love to run. How long does it take for it to go away when using ACV wrapped around the bottom of the feet? I can only do this when I'm home from work till I go to bed.
Replied by Corcoran's
Foley, Al

[YEA]   On the Apple Cider Vinegar for heel spurs, we use Organic Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar, Unfiltered.Organic Unrefined. It still has apple bits in it. You can find this in grocery stores or you can order online . This means the apples and the tree were never sprayed with chemicals and it's important to have the bits from the fermenting.
Replied by Raquel
Baytown, TX

My heel has been in pain for months. I was getting the shots before I got pregnant with my son but now it's hurting again. How do I do this wrap? Please let me know.

Posted by Diane (Grants Pass, Or) on 08/28/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I am trying the various remedies for heel spurs. I started the apple cider vinegar wrap 4 days ago. I wrapped it with a gauze bandage soaked in ACV with a plastic bag tied around my foot and left on overnight for the 4 nights. I didn't notice much difference in the pain, but thought maybe I needed to continue this procedure longer. Well today I noticed a big chunk of skin where I have been soaking coming off my heal. This will be quite painful if this skin comes off. So I am stopping the soaking and want to warn others not to soak too much with the ACV. I am going to continue with drinking ACV, Coconut Oil, & taking Calcium and hope these cures work for me.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa

Hi Diane,

Thanks for letting us know what happened with the ACV!

I want to encourage you to persevere in the other things you are doing, even if you haven't found improvement. My husband has a very painful heel spur and we started treating with natural remedies from EC a month or two ago. He is finally noticing some improvement in his pain. the large knob on his heel is looking smaller. (It looked like half a super ball was under his skin and hard as a rock. ) AFter beginning treatment, I was expecting it be better very soon, after reading so many quick success stories, but he has been willing to persevere and definitely doesn't want to get a cortisone shot or have surgery!

He is also taking calcium/manesium, spraying with magnesium oil, and putting ACV on it each night. (He doesn't wrap it though. Having it wrapped all night made him feel worse. ) We also use some essential oils on it. Not sure what is helping, but he is having slow progress.

Keep us posted on your progress!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Cb

Hi, Just want to let people with heel spurs know that my sister had a heel spur and tried about every home remedie available without result. She bought new slippers, flip flops, which gave much relief and after a while the heel spur was gone!
Replied by Ed2010

Looks like most of the shoes and sneakers designs are the cause of heel spurs. A flipflop design is both flat both on sole and the inners creating bare foot walking feeling for your feet. Eventually aligning the foot naturally.
Replied by Suzanneh
Newcastle, Australia

[YEA]   My family laughed at me when I told them I was going to try this. The first morning, it did feel better, but didn't last for long only a few hours. The next day it felt better. The third day it felt heaps better. Not sure if I felt something perhaps break in the heal like the spur broke off. Anyway we are at the Bathurst racetrack now for the big race and I have been walking around a lot and it is good, so much better than before I tried it only a very small amount of pain now. Will do a few more treatments when we go back home.
Replied by Pru
Medicine Hat

I used a pair of sock and soaked them in apple cider vinegar and put bags on them

Posted by Lori (Lincoln, NE) on 07/06/2009

[NAY]  I used the ACV wrap at night w a bag around my foot for 7 days and saw no relief at all. And it stunk up my house and my bedding. Not worth it!

Replied by Donna Hyde
Lincoln, NE

[YEA]   have you all tryed to drink organic apple citer vinigar? taking it internaly works better than putting it on your skin. i had a spur on my foot the vinigar desolved it. i was taking the vinigar to clean out my body. i was taking 1/4 cup in a glass of water 2 times aday. i did it for 1 month. it works.

Posted by Stella (Gauteng, South Africa) on 05/19/2009

Still trying out the Apple Cider Vinegar on my heel spur. I soaked cotton wool in ACV and squeezed out the excess, it was rather moist.

Posted by Ronald (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 01/25/2009

[YEA]  I have had a heel spur for about 4 years. Buying high quality shoes - a well known jogger brand but the black office type helped immensely but didn't get rid of the problem. The other day I went for a 9 KM run and the ankle flared up. I tried the wrap and it is working. Two days later there is almost no sign of it. I highly recommend the ACV wrap.

Posted by Ileana (Miami, Florida) on 10/10/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I had had heel spurs for almost a year now. I had try everything (cortisone shot, pills, creams, physical therapy, acupunture, thai massage, foot massage,etc) I had been using the apple cider for more than a week at night. However, I still have the pain. I think it is better. Do you think I should be using the apple cider for longer time?? Please, any recomendation will be apreciated.

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx

I wrapped my feet with ACV soaked flannel overnight in a plastic gallon sized zip-lock bag on each foot. It gave me much relief. I wore Spenco orthotics ($40) in athletic shoes most of the summer. Target has some dress shoe orthotics that are clear and thinner (for when you are better) to wear with wedgies. My foot doctor recommended I wear wedge-heel shoes to support the arch.

Posted by Donna (Palm Coast, Florida) on 07/08/2008

[YEA]  Hi this cure is true, the doctor was going to do surgery, But I said NO I wanted to try something first and I did. I tried the apple cider vinger wrap first for about six every night at bedtime I put on the wrap and my heel spur is cured. Thanks alot and God Bless. Donna

Replied by Man

You did this every night and slept with it like that for 6 nights and the pain went away? Did you wrap it in a plastic bag too?

Posted by Christian (Rowlett, TX) on 05/03/2006

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar cures heel spurs.

Instructions: Soak apple cider vinegar with a cloth and applied on your heel for 6-8 hrs. You can wrap it with a plastic bag around your heel while you sleep. You might need to repeat the process for several days.

Depending on how bad the heel spur, the process will take longer. If the pain is not relieved after doing this process for long period of time, then you might have a different problem and advised to see your doctor.

Replied by Mary
Escanaba, Mi

[YEA]   I am a foot reflexologist and I have been having pain in my heel from what I believe is a heel spur. I had been working on my feet and enduring the pain as I did not want to have cortizone injections. I started wrapping my heel with an ace bandage soaked in ACV. I also starting taking it orally 2 T daily as I have read many other benefits of ACV. Also, a huge plus, the wrap on my heel took away all the built up callus. I am going to wrap my other foot as well!
Replied by Veronica

Has any body else experienced the drying and peeling of the skin as the woman in a previous comment???

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda   4  0   

Posted by Emmi (La Joya, Texas, Usa) on 09/01/2012

Hello, Just want to say I tried the ACV with Mollases and Baking Soda for the first time today and the taste is awfull. I have been suffring with a heel spur for over 3 months and I am in so much pain that I was willing to try anything so I tried this I will see how it goes.

Replied by Aaron
Edinburg, Tx.

Just wondering how the solution of apple cider vinager, honey & baking soda worked for you.
Replied by Mike
Mo, US

Tried it today.
Replied by Diann
Massapequa Newyork

I read on another site about applying the molasses baking soda ACV mixture as a paste to the heel. I drank it last night!! So now I'm confused. Any answers? I am so desperate that I will do anything! I am currently taking turmeric, vit D, coral (for calcium) and have increased my daily intake of greens, fruits and vegetables. Nothing seems to be working. Any success with other remedies?

Posted by Tim (Gulf Shores, Alabama) on 01/17/2007

[YEA]  I have been suffering with heel pain for months now and have tried everything, heat, cold, wrapes, Advil, etc, etc.I want you to know that I believe in Dr. and medicine so my wife made this stuff with ACV and said try this for a week once a day so I did. You would not believe this the pain was gone in 3 days. Here is what she gave me. 2 tbsp of ACV 1 tbsp molasses and 1 tsp of baking soda mix well and drink. I can walk barefooted with no pain. I think she got the recipe from this site. Thank you.

Replied by Lorraine Gallegos
Alamosa, Colorado, USA

Hi- I just read the information you posted regarding the ACV, Molasses, & baking soda recipe for heel spurs, and I am going to start it immediately right now, since I have had a hard time walking due to my heel spur and aching ankles, and leg cramps. But the person who posted this didn't say how long and how often during the day or so to take this treatment. Could you please e-mail me and let me know. lorraine
Replied by Lauren
Sacramento, CA


I would also like to know how many times per day and for how long they used this treatment, as I also have painful heel spurs and want to try it. If you find out, will you please post the answer here for me? I'd SO appreciate it.



Replied by Mike
Ocean Springs, Ms

I am going try the avc molasses and baking soda treatment for heel spurs how long do you take it?
Replied by Trudy
Drumbo, Ontario

[SIDE EFFECTS]   I really don't suggest the ACV/molasses/baking soda remedy. Just tried it this morning and it worked like a laxative. I was very sick/nauseous for several hours and after about 30 mins of taking it, had terrible diarrhea.
Replied by Debra Mitchell
Largo, Fl

For the person who had a bad reaction - you probably just shocked your system. I bet if you did try again with a much smaller amount & slowly build up you'd be alright. ACV cures so many things. I bet it is all you need, mixed with water. Good luck.
Replied by Carol
Keller, Texas

[YEA]   I don't know if I have a heel spur or planter fasia, but I read some of your remedies and I just tried organic apple cider vinegar by rubbing and massaging it on my heel and the side of my foot. It is so much better and I didn't have any problem walking when I first got out of bed this morning. I am in no pain and it feels great.
Replied by Roro
Okeechobee, Florida

I am sending this info to my son who is suffering from a heel spur and will update as to how well it performed.
Replied by Shellys70
Fords, Nj

I just got diagnosed with a heel spur. I'm in pain and I refuse to get shots or surgery. I bought the Apple Cider Vinegar this afternoon- pray for me this works. I teach boot camp and am a personal trainer this would destroy me.. Prayers please trying it tonight. I will update you all. Thanks..
Replied by Ruthie
Winchester, Kentucky

[YEA]   Worked wonders for me, I can walk again!!!!
Replied by Kris Maxwell
Mooresville, Nc

Creatine does wonders. My heel hurt on and off for the better part of 8 years. And I read that creatine could possible help you lose weight, so I started taking the minimum dose. It didn't help the weight loss; only a low carb diet and lots of exercise. But my heel stopped hurting. Then my sweet little Bichon torn what is similar to our ACL, and my vet said the surgery would be $2,000. During my research, I read on the internet it is likely the other would tear, and then a rapid form of arthritis would probably set in. So because it was also a ligament, I gave him creatine. 2 years later he walks and jumps fine. He isn't 100%, but probably 83%. Not really bad for an 8 year old dog.

By the way I also read a lot of the smaller breeds were tearing ligaments because of early neutering. It seems they need those sex hormones to develop strong ligaments. But my heel and Max's knee are virtually healed because of the creatine. Only pure creatine nothing else added.

Replied by Al
Alvena, Sk., Canada

I have heel spurs in both feet and do not have any pain from them. X-rays show that they come down about a quarter of an inch and go forward about an inch and a quarter at a quarter of an inch thick. They did not show how wide. I spent twenty years as a steel fabricator standing/walking on concrete floors in hard soled safety boots as well as time in the military. I used to have heel pain. I am wondering if I should be concerned about them as I have no heel pain at all from them.
Replied by Kat
San Leandro, Usa

Just a suggestion... When we are trying to heal our body it makes sense to stay away from product that hurts the body like sugars... Also with regards to baking soda, ___'s baking soda is Aluminum Free.... I find eating a table spoon or less of organic ( for healing all product should be organic) Tumeric followed by a water chaser.... Because the taste is strong helps great.... A holistic anti-inflammatory :-)

EC: Regarding Aluminum-free baking soda... We researched this years ago and learned that all baking soda is aluminum free. It is baking POWDER that contains aluminum, not baking soda.

Replied by Mary

[YEA]   The ACV, molasses, and baking soda really helps heel spurs after ONLY one day! I can really tell the difference.
Replied by Sam
Miami, FL

Heel spurs could be caused by calcium supplements. One don't need supplement calcium. It should all come from food. Body can't absorb calcium supplements. For centuries it has been know by herbalists that regular intake of horsetail helps prevent bone loss and will speed up the repair of broken bones. Yet, horsetail contains little or no calcium. What it does contain is rich amounts of silica. Apparently, the silica atoms in horsetail can be converted into calcium atoms by the body. However body can't transmute just any old silicon into calcium. In fact, ingesting inorganic silicon will cause decalsification of bones, page 669, book: The Chemistry of Essential Oils by David Stewart.
Replied by Lady Mars
Lithia, Fl

Hi Sam, my husband has heel spurs and there is a strong link between heel spurs and arthritis or another inflammatory disease. Heel spur remedy mentioned of ACV, molasses and baking soda would alkalize the body and reduce inflammation.

Regarding calcium, I have a condition where my body doesn't process calcium very well (hypoparathyroidism). I've been dealing with it for 40 years, and have learned a thing or two about calcium. It's essential for just about every organ in the body, not just bones and teeth. Too little will cause blood pressure to plummet, fainting and the heart to struggle to beat. Been there, done that. (I must take mega-doses of calcium and have never had a heel spur. Neither have other members of my family with this same condition.)

All calciums are not equal; I've tried every kind and calcium citrate is absorbed easiest. It would be best if everyone could get all the calcium they needed from food, but it isn't possible for many and I'd hate for anyone to be discouraged from taking something so essential. If one must choose, too much calcium is preferable to too little.

Replied by Becky
Columbus, Oh

Could you use honey instead of molasses
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Becky,

I think the honey would not be harmful, but you may lose some of the benefit of this remedy by substituting. If you use Blackstrap Molasses, you get many additional nutrient benefits. (Honey has great benefits, too, just suited to different situations.) In particular, I think the magnesium content in the Blackstrap may be what helps with the bone spurs.

~Mama to Many~

Borax   0  0   

Posted by Jason (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/12/2012

Thank you so much Ted, I did the borax foot bath for my heel spur and its so much better after just 24 hours...

Replied by Mrsl
New York, Ny/usa

How much Borax did you use in the bath?
Replied by Xkels81
Grand Blanc, Mi

I'm wondering the same thing? How much Borax do you add to how much water? How often? Thanks!
Replied by Marcia
Washington, Dc

I am on day 6 of borax soaks and I have cut down from 1/2 cup in the foot soaker to about 1/4 cup.
Replied by Sandra
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Haha Alex from Hawthorne. I too have tried all those things - (except the beer). I tried wine, but it has not worked.... So will give Borax a try and hope for the best!!

Brace, Insoles, Exercises   1  0   

Posted by Bimal Kanal (Shanghai, China) on 07/29/2009

[YEA]  Heel Pain / Spur

I have suffered acute heel pain caused by a condition described as heel spur since 2004.The treatment which has given me 99% relief was very simple which unfortunatley was introduced only in 2009 by a sports medical specialist.

The person needs to wear a night brace on the foot for a period of time. I wore it for one month before i coild see any improvement. The nigh brace is available in large pharmacies. This costed me HKD150 only.

secondly, please meet a podiatric specialist in a hospital and get the insouls for yr shoes. These in souls are specialy made and cannot be purchased over the counter. These are expensive as i paid HKD 2500 for a pair.

Thirdly, there are two simple excercises that should be done. One is to sit on the floor and stretch yr legs. Take a towel and put it accross yr toes of the foot and pull the toes towards yrself.

the second excercise is to stand against the wall with one foot forward and strech the second leg which is at the back.

The logic here is that from the spine to the heel the flexibility should be improved.

A lot of rest is needed for acute case as the heel is swollen in some cases.

Replied by Mnj
Northern Illinois, Il/usa

I have been struggling with this heel deal for over a month now. Have done the icing, taken advil for reducing inflammation, reduced my exercise, gotten better shoes, etc. And it was showing little to no improvement. Found a website that said that people with high arches or flat feet tend to suffer from this and a light went off. Went to the local pharmacy and found an arch wrap like you described. ($5. 99) It is made of stretchy material of about 2" wide and fits snugly around my arch. I can walk with no shoes if I have that on. I think the arch support is key to this issue. Or least it is for me. I made a similar wrap around my arches with medical tape before walking this am and that helped relieve some pressure from that exercise.

Calcium   5  1   

Posted by Sophia (Sanaa, Yemen) on 04/08/2012

[YEA]  Hi I would like to thank this site for helping me cure my heel pain. I stubbled upon this site while trying to find a cure for my pain. I read everything from people who were suffering like me with similar symptoms. I was almost hopeless and was thinking about surgery to relieve my pain. I read in this site that some people used ACV and some people used calcium. I was planning to go and get the ACV.

I decided to use the calcium pills that I had sitting in my medicine cabinet which I don't use regularly. I took the first night two tablet which were 600 mg each. I felt that the pain was better when I got out of bed and took my first few steps. I was so amazed and surprised at what two tablets had done. The next day I took two tablets at night and the pain was even less. Today is my third day and I cannot believe it. I am almost painfree. I will continue using calcium supplements so that my pain stays away. So, I thank God, who guided me to your site and I thank you for helping people like me. Thank you! Thank you! For this wonderful site.

Replied by Sheryll
Dallas, Texas

[NAY]   I have been taking 1000 mg of Calcium/day for several years as I have a family history of osteoporosis. I have recently developed moderate heel spurs on both feet, as well as bone spurs on my wrist and along the spine. The bone spurs are thought to be a result of psoriatic arthritis. Calcium has not prevented them.
Replied by Lita209
Sanford, Fl, Usa

Sheryll from Dallas, Texas: I am sorry to hear about your heel spurs. I can only tell you about my own experience. I spent near 8 months with a heel spur on my left feet. It was painfull in the mornings and every time I would sit for a while, it was painfull when I got up. The only solution I kept hearing was surgery and I didn't want that. So I remembered this website from when my cat was sick and I learn about ACV to cure his uti (which by the way worked! ). So when I searched for heel spurs I was surprised that it also suggested ACV. Also to take calcium, but with magnesium to help the calcium absorption and retention and Epsom salt/baking soda baths. Sheryll I can honestly tell you it worked for me. I did the baths at least 3 times a week and the ACV and calcium/magnesium everyday. This was around 3 or 4 years ago so I don't remember how long it took for me to feel the difference but it was not long. Try it and have faith. Good luck and good health to you.
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

The problem is not calcium but probably the type of calcium you are taking. Calcium taking in supplements is mostly "inorganic" meaning that the body cannot assimilate it. It may be made up of crushed up oyster shell! How is that going to assimilate into the body. Also pasteurisation of milk detroys most of the calcium there as well so they add it back in.

You are better off juicing lots of fresh vegetables (mostly greens) and carrots. These both contain lots of calcium and it is "organic" calcium that your body can use. They will also contain magnesium so you get the proper calcium: magnesium ratio. Wheatgrass juice is also excellent as is chlorella and spirulina.

Research "organic" and "non organic" vitamins or "heme" and "non heme" .. There is a difference. I no longer take supplements because many are not what the body can assimilate.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

I also wanted to mention that heel spurs are in fact caused by a calcium deficiency. Unless you supplement your diet with "organic" calcium you will have more problems later down the track including arthritis and osteoporisis.
Replied by Doux
Battlement Mesa, Colorado

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Doux, check out Pete Egosque.
Replied by Laurie
Frisco, Texas

I tried everything, EVERYTHING, for debilitating heel spur pain. It was so bad I thought I was heading for a wheelchair. Someone suggested "wrapping". I use medical tape or in a pinch, duct tape; following the directions found on the internet and experimenting with what worked best for me. Search "foot wrapping for heel spurs" and give it a try. If you are allergic to tape adhesives, this may not be your answer - but I am 99% better, with virtually no pain whatsoever, even with being on my feet all day.
Replied by Connie Luna
Centerville, Tn

To Doux, and etc.

People may not want heel surgery, but I tell you, it is less pain, then the heels hurting themselves, and those shots they put in the heels when they're inflamed, they could hear me holler all the way down the hall. Anyway both feet had heel spurs, but the left was worse, I had the surgery as an out patient, had to lay up for two weeks but after that wore a special boot, where you can get around, that surgery has last for 10 years, it's just now growed another one back, which is killing me, right foot, thank god is not acting up as bad, right now, because when both hurt at the same time, I could hardly put one foot in front of the other to walk, just saying.

Posted by Laura (Petoskey, Mi) on 08/15/2009

[YEA]  Calcium Supplementation to elliminate heel spurs --

I am a massage therapist. My client had a painful heel spur, his Dr. suggested surgery.

I suggested he take some calcium supplements.

He decided to give it a try. I can't remember how long it took but the pain went away completely and doesn't come back but he continues to take the calcium on a regular basis. I think he eats the ones that come in chocolate.

Let me know if anyone has tried this?

Replied by Bev
Longbeach, Ca

Hi Laura;

Years ago my Chiropractor had a formula using calcium, i.e., Cal-Acid EM, #325, that he gave to his patients that have heel spurs. His recommendation was to take one tablet every hour until yawning occurred the first day. Then take one tablet every two to three hours for the next five days. Then maintenance was two tablets two to three times per day. Hope this is useful.

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