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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[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 for Heel Spurs
Home Health Treatment
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cloth or Bandages
Soak a cloth or a bandage in apple cider vinegar and apply this to the sore heel. You can leave this wrap on for several hours. If you like, place a plastic bag around both the heel and cloth to sleep with the treatment on at night. The pain should recede quickly and the underlying condition should be gone within a few weeks of daily treatment.
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[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.
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[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.
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[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!
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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.
[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.
[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.
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[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
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[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.
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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.
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[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.
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Thank you so much Ted, I did the borax foot bath for my heel spur and its so much better after just 24 hours...
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[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.
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[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.
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[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?
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