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Heel Spurs Treatment - Home Remedies that Work!

Last Modified on Nov 18, 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 Wrap11
Ice Water4
Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda3

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

[YEA]  For a heel spur, 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 Drink
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Posted by Donna Hyde (Lincoln, NE) on 07/06/2009

[YEA]  Have you all tried to drink organic apple cider vinegar for a heel spur? taking it internally works better than putting it on your skin. I had a spur on my foot the vinegar dissolved it. i was taking the vinegar to clean out my body. i was taking 1/4 cup in a glass of water 2 times a day. I did it for 1 month. It works.

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap
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Posted by Roderick (Miami) on 08/21/2015

[YEA]  Yesterday I spent a few hours on my feet and at night my heel spurs were on fire. Pushing down even lightly on it felt like a nasty bruise.

I found the apple cider vinegar wrap remedy last night and immediately tried it. I used two small hand towels and Saran wrap. I placed the dry towel on my heel and started wrapping from my ankle down. Once the towel was tightly wrapped I poured the ACV down there and soaked the towel. I then finished wrapping to about the arch of my foot. This left my toes comfortably uncovered.

I slept about 7 hours and then took them off. My heels were like grapes. I thought that maybe I over did it. I pushed on the heel and felt no pain.

Today I was on my feet for hours and my feet feel great compared to yesterday. I don't have the bruising feeling. I just wrapped them again. I don't think I'll need to continue this very long. I'll update

Replied by Melissa
Indianapolis, In

Yes, please update. I am soaking in Apple Cider Vinegar and taking 2 tb a day.i can see the deposits pushing thru my achilles. I've changed to expensive support shoes and refuse to have surgery. I heard vinegar dissolves calcium. Here we go!
Replied by Sarah

Did you use the organic heel spurs/and plantar fasciitis had been a problem for GOING on 5 month now and no relief in site.

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 soaked 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 heel 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.

Posted by Suzanneh (Newcastle, Australia ) on 10/10/2013

[YEA]  My family laughed at me when I told them I was going to try an apple cider vinegar wrap for my heel spur. 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.

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/magnesium, 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 Pru
Medicine Hat

[YEA]   I used a pair of socks and soaked them in apple cider vinegar and put bags on them for my heel spur.

Posted by Mary (Escanaba, Mi) on 06/24/2011

[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!

Posted by Carol (Keller, Texas) on 06/07/2011

[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.

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!

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

[YEA]   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

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
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Posted by Mary (Tx) on 06/24/2014

[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~

Replied by Erica
North Carolina

I have never tried this but I have a question? Is this a drink or do you just simply rub them on your feet?

EC: A drink...

Replied by Janice

What kind of molasses is best to use in this ACV, molasses, and baking soda mixture? I have appreciated reading the participant's experiences and recommendations to help one another.

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 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 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

[YEA]   Creatine does wonders for heel spurs. 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.