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Heel Spurs Treatment - Home Remedies that Work!

Last Modified on Nov 18, 2015

Ultrasound and Chiropractic Treatments
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Posted by aaron (irving, tx) on 02/14/2008

[YEA]  work as a medical professional and see this problem on a daily basis. not only have i seen this problem, i also was one to have a bad heel spur in my heel. Ultrasound treatments along with correct alignmengt of the hips and back can cure this problem. Ultrasound is commonly used in the sports medicine field to help increase blood flow to areas of pain and where problems persist (note that this type of ultrasound treatment is not the same ultrasound as used on pregnant women). The ultrasound will help soften the calcium of the heel spur and help the body reabsorb it. Treatments should be continuous 5-7minutes per time with a intesity of .5. Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapist and Chiropractors have access to this type of treatment. Also i have found that correct laignment of the hips and back can lead to severe heel pain which can result in heel spurs. If the hips and back are out of line then too much pressure can be put on one heel as opposed to the other. This mis-alignment can cause poor biomechanics and cause severe heel pain. A chiropractor can help assess and see if this can be the problem and help correct it.

Vitamin B6
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Posted by Loretta (Omaha Ne) on 02/05/2015

[YEA]  Heel Spurs: It's hard to believe, because it's so simple, but 3 gals including myself were healed by taking Vitamin B6, 225 mg, once a day for 2 weeks. Also my Cousin has Plantar Fasitis, and after the 2 weeks told me it was 80% better. Can't hurt to try it?

Replied by Timh Donate

L: I started taking extra B-6 & P5P recently for improved metabolism & detox but noticed little in that way; BUT, perchance, taking B-6 w/ Zinc was significant improvement. After reading up on B-6 it is known to readily bond w/ Zinc or Magnesium for added benefits compared to either alone.

Wear Flip Flops
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Posted by Cb (Netherlands) on 08/31/2013

[YEA]  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.

White Vinegar
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Posted by Rsmelley (Longview, Texas) on 08/25/2015

[YEA]  Ok so I didn't have any apple cider vinegar on hand and used plain old white. I wrapped only the hurting foot From where toes are joined to foot up and around my ankle, as ankle has swelling too.

What I observed is that the white vinegar must work too. all the pain is gone but do have some soreness. Didn't hurt to walk on my foot either.

It appears that the vinegar must reduce the inflammation. it is obvious that the foot that was wrapped is smaller than the other foot now. Haven't tried plain old water wrap. If you don't have vinegar on hand you might try just plain cold water. since I used vinegar that was room temp I'm going to put it in the fridge. That might even work better.

I have suffered with bottom heel spurs in both feet that is in the arch area over the past 30 years. The problem comes and goes. the worst was having it in both feet at same time. Left lasted approximately 9 months and right approximately 18 months. That was up until about 3 weeks ago I jumped out of a boat in shallow water. I thought I had broke my foot. First time I've seen on X-ray what these nasty little critters look like.

160 bucks for the office visit and X-rays and left with no prescriptions, no shots, just dr saying take anti inflammatory over the counter for it. I Thought I broke my foot! Thankfully daughter n law is a RN and she helped me with dosages and when to take ibuprofen and Motrin. Motrin seems to work the best and when in severe pain take ibuprofen in between. Don't take anything if I can tolerate the pain. Yes I need my liver. LOL


Wrapping Foot With Duct Tape
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Posted by Leta (Bolton, NC) on 01/30/2009

[YEA]  I have been suffering from pain in my heels for about two years. Since that time I had a child and gained weight and it really became unbearable. I figured it was heel spurs because my mama always suffered from them. I went with my daughter Christmas shopping right before Christmas and was unable to stand up for very long after a few hours of shopping. I had to continously sit down and I knew it was time to get help. I had previously purchased inserts for my shoes over the internet over a year ago and it helped but they had wore down and I didn't use them this day.

The next business day I scheduled an appt. with the foot doctor only to find out what I already knew BUT it wasn't the bone spur causing the pain. The muscle under the foot becomes weak over the years and with the added weight it would become inflamed. The doctor told me he would wrap my feet with tape and I thought, "he must be crazy", tape is not going to help my pain. I figured I would have to have shots in my heels like my mama did years ago. After he wrapped them, it felt strange and it was really tight. It was uncomfortable at first and he told me to wear them for 5-7 days without getting them wet. Again, I thought, "he must be crazy". I put my shoes on, left and that evening noticed I had less pain. The next day, even more less pain. Well, by the fourth day, I had little to no pain BUT they were beginning to smell because you weren't suppose to get them wet, and of course, I did when I washed. (I tried wrapping my feet in plastic, didn't work). So I took the tape off and thought, well, now what. I had went to Texas with my husband and wouldn't be back to NC for three weeks so I knew I had to do something. I first tried wrapping my feet with sports tape but just about cut my circulation off so I got on the old faithful internet and came across Duct Tape. Yes, duct tape. I wrapped my feet around the arch, snug but NOT tight. I wrapped it from one side of my foot, around the ankel to the other side. It worked a MIRACLE! NO pain all day long.

I went back to the doctor after I got back to NC and told him what I done. He was suprised the duct tape didn't tear my skin but I told him I used the generic kind at a dollar store and it worked wonderful. I would then get in the shower and let the water loosen it up and take it right off. Please keep in mind, I use the exercises they tell you to do to help alleviate the stress on the muscle and my feet are doing much much better. I still have to wear the tape and do the exercises and DON'T go barefooted and my feet aren't hurting like they were. I can go all day long and at the end of the day, they feel fine. Also, he had prescribed me pain medicine which I did not take after two days of using the tape. Hope this helps. leta

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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?