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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!!

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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.

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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
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 him…I 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 away—I 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 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.

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...

Replied by Candy
Fort Madison
Serrapeptase and tumeric.

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.

Posted by Thomas (Missouri City, TX) on 05/16/2009

[YEA]  Heel spur
Calcium -- Yea

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

[YEA]  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 ________ Calcium (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!! So I recommend not buying these fly by night remedy pills and go to your local rite sid etc and try it out! Hope this helps anyone that has been in my pain!!

Posted by Mel (Canada) on 11/22/2006

[YEA]  When it comes to heel spurs, there is only one good cure. As we age, we require more and more Calcium because our absorption drops to about 25%. What does this mean? It means that when we don't get enough calcium, our body tries to compensate by getting it from elsewhere in the body. In other words, it takes calcium out of the bones. That is what causes a heel spur, and by taking calcium pills, as well as some other basic vitamins and supplements, you can reverse a heel spur.

Replied by Vicky From Atlanta Ga
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
I was diagnosed with heal spur March 2012. I was told by my podiatist to discontinue the 1000mg calcium/400mg vit D that I was taking prior to the diagnosis. He put me on 5000mg of Vit D daily with thiamine. He seems to suggest that my body had too much calcium so I needed the mega doses of vit D to dissolve the bone spur. It has not helped. Then I came to this site. I have just commenced on the ACV, MSM amd magnesium protocol. I have had 2 steroid shots already and the pain has started again and will be going for the third shot if this does not work. I have tried the $40 orthotic also without sucess. I will post the result in about a week or so.

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Posted by Carol (Weirsdale, Florida) on 03/03/2009

[YEA]  Heel Spurs: Extreme pain in my heels started suddenly and I didn't know what was happening. My boss said that she had had them and had been given very, very painful cortisone injections. She said this may help for 5 years. I hate needles, so remembering that castor oil was very good for many things, massaged it into my feet along with Vicks vapo rub or any similar product and within 2 weeks, no more pain. I then was able to go overseas and walk 5 miles and no pain except I had a huge water pouch on the bottom of my feet when I returned. Rested feet 2 days, water reabsorbed into body and have had no reoccurance for 10 years.

Also, just came home from Thailand with aching, dragging leg and sore knees. I read the blogs on black strap molasses and ACV and have been taking daily and muscle ache in leg has gone, knees much better, so am a happy camper. Just have to try not to overdo my walking and climbing steep steps at 75 years of age. Also used the castor oil and Vicks massage on knees. Don't know why this worked, but no harm in trying it to get relief.

Replied by Elaine
Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have been using this rememdy on my husband for about two weeks now. Both of his feet were very painful. Each evening I sit and massage his feet for about a half with the castor oil and vapo rub. The vapo rub is a dollar jar I bought at the dollar store. Very slowly his feet are improving. Before on a scale of one to ten, ten being the most his feet hurt, he is now a three and only on his right heel. I love this site!

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Posted by Carrie (Spfld, Il) on 07/09/2013

Specifically what kind of coconut oil? I have organic refined coconut oil? Can it be refined or should it be? There are many kinds... Thanks!!!

Posted by Lorrie (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) on 05/22/2013

[YEA]  Coconut oil has been a huge help to me in curing my heel spur pain. I have just stated taking a tablespoon a day and have noticed a big difference after a week or so. This oil feeds you body from the inside, helps your skin and hair and is also useful for weight loss. I was speaking to a man recently who told me he has managed to cut down on his medication for diabetes since taking regular coconut oil.

Posted by Kim (Bluefield, WV) on 04/12/2007

[YEA]  Coconut Oil Eliminated Pain from Heel Spur: I began taking Coconut Oil capsules 10 days ago to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and possibly loose a little weight. Within 3 days of taking the capsules (4 per day) the pain from a heel spur I had suffered with for appx. 8 years vanished. I have had the horribly painful shots (which helped only temporarily) and tried many other remedies (with little to no success). My heel pain has completely subsided. I am able to do aerobics again, which I have not been able to do without severe heel pain for many years. It has truly been a miracle for me!

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Posted by Earl (Rialto, CA) on 01/07/2008

[YEA]  I had heel spur for 2 or 3 years and I was looking at Surgery on my heels, I was telling my boss I might be out of work for 3-4 months. Then one day I went to a health store with my dad and a lady ask me if I need help and I said do you have any thing for heel spurs, She said yes Acid-A-Cal took it for 2-3 weeks and felt big big I kept taking it 3-4 bottles later Heel spur are all gone 4 years later no problems.

Replied by Lauren
Mountain View, CA
[YEA]   Today I woke up and realized that the bone spur on the back of my foot has disappeared! Thank you so much Earl from Rialto, CA for the Acid-A-Cal recommendation. I started taking Acid-A-Cal and Apple Cider Vinegar supplements (capsules) twice a day, in 3 days the pain was gone, in one week that unsightly tiny devil's thorn disappeared! Oh my god, I'm so thankful for alternative medicine and all the natural supplements advice posted on this site.
Replied by Belinda
O-town, Fl,usa
Did the calcium actually shrink the spur? My foot doctor informed me that X-rays indicate that my spur is growing longer each year. I've figured out how to handle the pain but not how to shrink the spur.
Replied by Liam
Toronto, On, Canada
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!

Replied by Sandrafromsudbury
Sudbury, Ontario Canada
Liam - where did you get it? I live just north of Toronto...
Replied by Abe Wilcox
How bad were your spurs? I have them as well and intend on using that same product. I also wonder if will work on other spurs as well? I have bone spurs on my spine as well.

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Posted by Shuzchic (Nyc, Ny ) on 07/19/2011

Hi Ted - Please confirm for me - as I am suffering terribly with heel spurs -

2000mg an hour for 6hours - so 12,000mg a day??? or 2000 mg every 6rs for 8000mg per day??

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Posted by Carolyn (Hobbs, Nm) on 08/28/2009

[YEA]  This sounds farfetched but it works. It is an old remedy handed down many generation. I've had both feet operated on and had many problems including heel spurs. I don't know why this works it just does. Eat a small handful of golden raisins twice a day and you will see a difference in just a matter of a few days. It must be golden raisins not the dark ones.


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Posted by Luanne (Morris, Illinois) on 12/11/2008

[YEA]  I had an extremely painful heel spur and elected to go with chiropractic treatments. My chiropracter worked on the muscles and tendons with ultrasound and simple massage. She said the problem was the tendons, ligaments, etc. and that I was loosing the arch in my foot. To get it back she suggested getting a golf ball and rolling it along the arch of the foot (ball on floor, roll with bottom of foot) to work out the tightness and inflamation. This is fairly painful when inflamed, so be prepared(no pain, no gain) After about 6 weeks the pain went away and I have been fine since. By the way, the spur is still there(saw it in an x-ray recently), it just isn't bothering me.

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