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Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda  

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Posted by Mary (Tx) on 06/24/2014
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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.
Replied by Susan Obryan
What quantities of these did you combine, please?

Posted by Tim (Gulf Shores, Alabama) on 01/17/2007
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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
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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
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Worked wonders for me, I can walk again!!!!
Replied by Kris Maxwell
Mooresville, Nc
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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.

Ballet Exercises  

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Posted by Dave (Riverside, Ca.) on 01/17/2012
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I had a big heel spur on my right foot for 4 years. It got to the point where I almost couldn't walk it was so painful! I talked to the doctor about it and she said "if it is very painful I can send you to a specialist but I believe you will need surgery".

I had tried all types of exercises that were recommeded for heel spurs and they didn't help.

Quite by accident I clicked on FOOT EXCERCISES on the internet and I saw the people that do ballet dancing doing excercises for their feet.

The dancers were sitting with their legs straight and pointing their toes and foot forward like the ballerinas do when they are dancing, arching the top of the foot. So I tried it and almost instantly my pain went away and my heel spur went away! When you point the foot forward you have to hold the foot and tighten the muscles. I usually hold mine for 3 to 4 minutes and afterwards I have no pain!

I do this daily to avoid pain!

If I don't do these exercises the pain will come back but not as badly. Also today I have no pain and no heel spur. And I never needed surgery!

Borax Foot Bath  

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Posted by Marcia (Washington, Dc) on 09/03/2012
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I am on day 6 of borax soaks for a heel spur. I have cut down from 1/2 cup in the foot soaker to about 1/4 cup.

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

Posted by Brook (Ny, Ny) on 09/25/2009

Ted: My husband has a large bone spur on top of his foot and runs to the side of his foot. He acquired this through a trauma to his foot, years ago. He has started soaking his foot in Borax and a bit of chlorox. How long will it take the bone spur to go away? Also, when he soaks, he notices his bone spurs hurts. Is this a good sign? Please let me know. Thank you.

Replied by Leelannee
Sussex, Nj
Brook, I had bone spurs on my wrists for many years. I took a certain type of calcium, and they dissolved and haven't grown back.
South Carolina
Would you please give me details on the calcium you used for bone spurs? I would really appreciate the help! Thank you!

Posted by Connie (Diana, Tx) on 09/09/2009
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I tore my achillles about 3 weeks ago on a cool down part of dance video..The pain is awful when u first get up in the morning..I couldn't wear my sandals or go barefooted I had to wear my tennis shoe from then on..I started the search for remedies a week ago and saw Ted's borax bath remedy..

I made a Foot Bath of 1/2 tsp to 1 liter of COLD water and soaked my feet in it for 30 mins every night..

The very first night I could feel the pain lessen all the way up calf..You'll have to wear a good shoe.. But I was able to start stretching that part back out..I'm only a week into this but so far this has really helped..Many, many thanks Ted..

PS: I wish I had looked here a lot sooner.

Brace, Insoles, Exercises  

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


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Posted by Chris (Anchorage) on 05/10/2015
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I read on another board that Acid-A-Cal could stop heel spurs and it works, I was suffering with pain for over six months and after three days of taking this stuff the pain is almost gone, I'm going to finish this bottle and hope the problem doesn't come back, if it does, I know what to get. Sure beats expensive and painful surgery!

I don't understand how this stuff works, it says it helps the absorption of calcium, perhaps the heel spurs are being reabsorbed?

Posted by Liam (Toronto, On, Canada) on 07/15/2012
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OMG!!!! This stuff works! People, please if you suffer from bone spurs, please give the Acid-A-Cal a try -it is the real deal. I cannot believe this worked on me. Thank you guys so much!

I developed a bone spur on the top of my foot and was discussing with an OS to do surgery to get rid if (shave it down). I then began obsessed with trying to find an alternative method. I cleaned up my diet, tried everything possible homeopathic. I came across this site and read about acid-a-cal. Interested, I went searched further and found a few other sites where ppl said it dissolved their spurs.

At the same time I also did a blood test to check my calcium levels which were a bit (just a bit) below normal. I bought it and began supplementing it 3x a day with meals. I kid you not, within 2 months my spurs have gone. Yes, they are gone. It began with the dull ache going away, then the perpetual redness fading (I'm guessing cause the spurs were shrinking and no longer pressing against soft tissue) and the last 2 weeks I literally was watching the spur shrink to now there is no spur. I swear to the all that is good and holy, the bony prominence is GONE!

I haven't shown it to my OS yet, but I believe he will be shocked. Beyond shocked! I am so grateful, happy and filled with renewed spirit. I love you all and thank you thank you thank you!

Posted by Sheryll (Dallas, Texas) on 05/30/2012
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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.

Posted by Sophia (Sanaa, Yemen) on 04/08/2012
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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 Doux
Battlement Mesa, Colorado
It is really good to see so many positive comments about using Calcium with Vit-D, ACV mix and Borax soak for Heel Spurs, and from my understanding, caused by Plantar Faciitius.

I started having complications with heel pain, in both my feet back in Aug 2012. It didn't dawn on me, at first, that I had a serious problem. I kept on running and doing my kickbox/step workouts etc (over 23 yrs) thinking the pain would soon subside. How wrong I have been.

by Spring of 2012, I had recovered from a work related back injury that kept me from working out at a consistant regimen. So, when I was released in March 2012, I jumped full force back into kickbox and step workouts. By Sept 2012, I knew I had a pretty serious problem, but caulked it up Plantar Faciitis that would soon heal with some shoe inserts.

By Nov 2012, working out has almost come to a screeching halt, except for days I felt "I gotta workout, " and boy do I pay for it. I finally went to see a podiarist that x-ray shows bone spurs in both heels. I immediately opted for Cortizone shots, only to relieve the pain and because I do computer tech work, I have to be able to walk and carry computer printer, etc.

Probably not the best impression that I felt immediate improvement and thought I was cured. And, again, I jumped full-force back into working out and did a 5k Turkey Trot. No pain, no gain - right! Wrong... I gained more heel pain in coming weeks. December '12, Jan and Feb '13 have been excruicating. Adding insult to injury, I even ordered Shaun Ts Insanity and gritted my teeth through the first week and a half... then I knew I had to send back.

It probably doesn't help with added high-levels of stress, anxiety and seasonal depression that I feel. Ontop of the fact that I have been cursed into being sedintile for "how long?" It depresses me even more to think I may never get to enjoy another aerobic workout. Though, I do have my spinner bike and outdoor bikes I can ride.

I too, have felt this creeping curse go into my ankles and I have spent hundreds on inserts for HS and PF and arch supports. The thing is, I have always stretched after a workout, including a good pre-workout warm-up. But, the advice I get from co-workers and family, etc is to stretch the calves, use a rolling pin, use tennis balls to roll your feet, use ice, use heat (alternate), use ibuprofen, use a towel to stretch more, stretch stretch and stretch again. Sometimes, I hurt worse after doing the additional stretching for the HS/PF.

None of this has helped, and I'm so frustrated. But, I have noticed at times, that I have good days - where I don't feel so much pain in my heels and I'm thinking, ah-haa, finally I'm on the road to recovery. Then I workout and bam, back in the saddle of heel pain again.

I haven't been able to put my finger on what is creating my good heel days. Could this good feeling be from after I have been religiously taking my Vit-D, Omegas, post-menopause vitamins, and more? My fingers are crossed that maybe, just maybe, I have a calcium deficiency, and maybe, just maybe the ACV will help. My doctor did tell me a couple years ago from a blood test that my Calcium level is low, or was it Vitiman D - can't remember, but the two go hand-in-hand. Of course, I didn't believe himI thought "who me, I'm healthy, I workout and eat a healthy diet! "

I am also, now, humbled. Maybe just maybe, some of my other body minerals are low, as in magnesium. After all, with the high-levels of stress, anxiety, and depression (onset by season, home and health) over the last two years, my healthy eating nutritional habits have hit their lowest point in over ten years. It's hard to eat, let alone know I should eat healthy when food seems so repulsive to me right now.

In all honesty, I have joked with co-workers that I should just have my feet cut off - sick joke but at least they wouldn't hurt anymore. To top it all off, I have worked as a personal trainer, participated in a fitness contest and I have the knowledge, education and experience to know how to keep my body, mind and spirit in good health. Sadly, I don't know how I got to this point, and I'm 55, and I have workout all my life so I can live feeling healthier in my older life, like 70s-80s-90s... I still want to jog, hike a 14ner, snowshoe the Colorado Divide, and mtn bike on the trails. I am not ready to give any of this up, not physically, and definitely not mentally.

I am even using visualization meditation to feeling better because I am visualizing that the bone spurs and plantar are going awayI am telling them to leave my body, they do not belong here anymore. I have a six y/o grand daughter that I took on her first mtn bike ride over Labor Day weekend '12 to one of my favorite areas along Denver's Front Range. I take her camping and hiking too. I surely am not ready to let the HS/PF curse beat me until I try every option available to me.

Thanks to everyone's comments, I have some new recommended cures to try; I have nothing to lose by not giving this a shot. If this does not work for me, at least I know I tried.



Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Doux, check out Pete Egosque.
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.

Replied by Donna
Boston, Ma
Doux: it's a couple years later since you wrote in to this site about your HS/PF saga. I loved your entry because--except for your exceptional exercise/activity regimen--I felt like I was reading something I could have written. I'm currently suffering and facing a european trip in 5 weeks which is freaking me out. I have visions of being pushed around in a wheelchair and crying miserably.

So.....has anything worked for you? I've ordered ACV, Cal/Mag and Acid-A-Cal and am praying. No inserts, insoles, lifts, cups, heat, cold, splints, stretches, etc have done anything...

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Fort Madison
Serrapeptase and tumeric.

Posted by Laura (Petoskey, Mi) on 08/15/2009
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Calcium Supplementation to eliminate 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
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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.

Posted by Thomas (Missouri City, TX) on 05/16/2009
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A month and a half ago, it was sheer agony just to walk to the mailbox; to get out of bed, I needed a cane. Then I came here and read-up on calcium.

For the past month and a half, I've been blasting calcium into my system with a daily dose of: a multi-vitamin with 162 mg of calcium in it, PLUS a tablet of 600 mg of calcium and 400 I.U. of Vitamin D.

Three days after starting my calcium-blasting, I noticed that I was feeling less pain. Now, a month and a half later, I am PAIN-FREE (except after I stand or walk a lot).

Posted by Mary (Virginia Beach, VA) on 11/25/2008
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I would like to let everyone know that I came on this site to see what people were doing to relieve their heel pain because I was having heel pain so bad that I was not able to put any weight on it and was also getting sharp pains through the heel. It got so bad I was almost in tears (and I have a high toleance for pain!) So I had decided to take a Calcium supplement (calcium 250mg also has Mag 250mg,Vit D 200 i.u. and 7.5mg zinc as directed 2 tabs twice daily with a meal) and I have to tell you that it worked!!!

This morning I woke up and normally I limp for about an hour and then I still have a slight limp but got up and only felt a slight discomfort and was able to walk fine as the day went on!!

Hope this helps anyone that has been in my pain!!