Heel Spurs Treatment - Home Remedies that Work!

| Modified on Nov 02, 2023
Posted by Elko Indian (Elko, Nevada) on 11/02/2023

I've had heel pain on opposite foot after having Total Knee Replacement on other leg. Two months later after TKR I started having severe heel pain. Five months later after heel w/not go away, I went through physical therapy for two months. The pain lessened a little but never went away. A year later after going on vacation and walking a long distance thru the airport, heel/ankle swelled up & pain was so bad I was hobbling around. Three months later went to see an orthopedic specialist who recommended going to physical therapy again for 2-3 months. Then if no improvement would remove bone spur by surgery. This Dr have wonderful reviews. I started researching Earth Clinic, ACV wrap overnight, castor oil packs overnight, 1/8 teaspoon of borax in 2 liters of water. Another recommended soaking heel in hot water with 1/2 cup borax with 1/4 cup ammonia to kill fungus that got into bone. Severe lack of calcium caused bone Spurs.

I tried all of the above but religiously took 3 capsules of calcium for a little over 2 months & pain has diminished quite a bit. I can rotate my ankle with slight pain, it's a huge improvement.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lainee (Wesley Chapel, Florida) on 08/02/2023

I've been using ACV since 8/24/23 to treat heel spur. I've had this problem since May 2023. I've been to the Chiropractor for treatment which helped somewhat. Next, I proceeded to the Podiatrist who suggested that I get the special insole for my sneakers, also took an injection which provided some relief. In addition, I bought the orthopedic sandals. The sandals also provided my foot with great relief. However, finding the website was the “big deal” as I have been reading about the best natural remedies for heel spur. Therefore, I started using the ACV since 7/24/23. I have been soaking my foot twice per day with ACV in warm water twice per day aggressively. At nights, I use a waterproof band aid soaked with ACV and apply it to the area and wear a sock to bed. I even have a little hardened area below my ankle which has softened and is disappearing. Though the intervention is tedious, I can attest to the fact that it works.

I am also going to the physiotherapist twice per week - I do exercise, which also helps along with the physio massaging and icing the area. I am thankful for this website and ACV. I know that not all remedies works for everyone, but ACV REALLY, REALLY works for me.

NB I've also had to reduce my physical activity such as Zumba and walking. Glad I'm on break as my foot needed to rest.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Ngozi (Nigeria) on 03/16/2022

Thanks for the clue. Please, include the dosages.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Mabel (Canada) on 03/15/2022

Better But With Side Effects

After about 2 weeks of suffering from heel pain in my right foot, making it very difficult to walk- I made the ACV, blackstrap molasses and baking soda drink this morning - the difference is amazing. The pain has largely subsided compared to just a day ago, after just 1 glass. I plan to make another one and continue with 2 glasses a day until the pain has completely gone. I did experience diarrhea this morning but it did not last long.

Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Art (California) on 12/21/2021

Hi Deirdre,

I usually tell people to allow 3 months. In some cases some benefit is noted at 1 1/2 months. Using Jane as an example, she noticed benefit in one foot at 1.5 months, but it took almost 3 months to see similar benefit in the other foot and at 3 months both feet had no more pain.


Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Deirdre (Connecticut) on 12/19/2021

Thank you, Art!

Since I now have Calc. Fluor 6x, I think I will start with that one and see how it goes. If no improvement in a month, I will try one or both of the other remedies you mention. Thanks again!

Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Art (California) on 12/19/2021 2185 posts

Hi Deirdre,

Specifically for a fracture, you may have better results using Calc Phos.


Symphytum could also be useful :


These should ship free.

Good luck and I look forward to your update!


Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Deirdre (Connecticut) on 12/19/2021

Hi Art,

Thank you for recommending this remedy to us! Just started on it today. I have an old, repetitive stress fracture on one foot that becomes very painful when I walk, run, or do karate for any length of time. I will let you know how it goes! The dose on the bottle is 4 tablets 3x a day so I'm starting with that. Thanks again!!

Posted by Jeannette (Ohio ) on 12/18/2021

Calcium needs an acidic environment in the stomach to be absorbed. Use calcium citrate as it does not need an acid environment to be absorbed and to this you must add D3 vitamin to aid in calcium absorption and vitamin K to move calcium into bones, but ultimate diet should be the primary source of nutrients.

Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Jgny (Thousand Islands) on 12/18/2021

I have a lot of foot pain issues, I will give this a go!

Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Art (California) on 12/17/2021 2185 posts

I just wanted to do an update on Jane who had heel spurs and plantar fasciitis in both feet that meant that the only way for her to get around was with a wheelchair as the pain was intolerable if she tried to stand on her feet.

As of about 3 months of the treatment plan, both feet are now pain free and her doctors are amazed. Regarding her seizure like issues, she reports that this issue has diminished a bit more also.

It sounds like Jane is going to have a very nice Christmas this year after her doctors had told her about 5 months ago that they could do nothing to help her and that she would remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

Here is a link to Jane's story on Earth Clinic:


I will add this update to the Plantar Fasciitis page also as she has now recovered from both issues.


Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Art (California) on 12/06/2021 2185 posts

I recommended a homeopathic remedy to one of my sister's friends. The remedy is often suggested for foot pain in general and many other uses. In this case, Jane had an actual diagnosis from her doctor of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs in both feet. Her severity was such that she could only get around in a wheelchair because it was too painful to stand on her feet.

There are quite a few homeopathic remedies for these two conditions, but I recommended only one remedy to make it easier and simpler for her.

I recommended Calcarea Fluorica 6x (CF) which is commonly used for heel spurs and rarely suggested for plantar fasciitis.


Her two doctors told her that her only option was surgery, but she also has another condition that I do not understand and is as yet undiagnosed. This condition from her description of it, sounds like seizures. She had one of these episodes while at the doctor's office and when he saw it, he told her that surgery is no longer an option for her with this seizure like condition. Needless to say she was distraught after the doctor told her that he had no treatments to offer her and she would have to use a wheel chair for the rest of her life. So my sister asked if I would recommend something for her friend, which I did.

She started on it as soon as she got the CF and about 1 1/2 months later, she reported that the inflammation had diminished to almost nothing and according to her doctor, the plantar fasciitis was much improved, but the bone spurs were still an issue. I had told her at the outset to allow 3 months to see benefit.

At two months she reported that the plantar fasciitis was no longer an issue and the heel spurs were about 95% resolved and her doctors were very surprised at these changes as they had told her that surgery was the only remedy and she was not a candidate for the surgery. All this was good news, but the best news was that she is now walking with a cane and no longer needs a wheelchair!

She is very happy! Her seizure like events have also diminished in quantity and intensity! At 2 1/2 months in, Jane remains on this regimen to see if she can reach 100% recovery. I will suggest regular exercise to try and recover muscle strength in her legs. Being in a wheelchair all the time has no doubt weakened her leg muscles and strengthening those muscles now, will help keep her more stable on her feet and much less likely to fall.

In addition to the homeopathy remedy, I had suggested the use of mag oil or Epsom salt foot soaks with borax. I had also suggested icing to help get the inflammation under control initially and after initial control, to be used only on an as needed basis. That is the whole remedy that was very successful for Jane.

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap
Posted by Pammie (Australia) on 10/26/2021

Hi all,

I have had heel spurs for 8 weeks. In a lot pain. I had x-ray ultra scan which showed a heel spur flat arch. I had a shock wave treatment which didn't help much so I tried Apple vinegar wraps. brown paper bag soaked in a cup of vinegar. Brown bag in old slippers when home. changed when dry to wet moist ones. I started with 5 times a day for only day 3 and no pain. I kept it up for two weeks but such a relief to walk on heel again.

Try it, it works 🦶😀

Calc. Fluor 6X
Posted by Art (California) on 09/25/2021 2185 posts

A friend of mine was relating a pain he was having at the forward edge of his heel that radiated forward into the arch of the foot that made it painful for him to walk on that foot or use a ladder. Based on what he was telling me, I was leaning more toward a heel spur, rather than Plantar Fasciitis, since he had not been diagnosed by a doctor. I suggested that he start with a well known homeopathic remedy for heel spurs and if that didn't work, there are several other homeopathy remedies for Plantar Fasciitis (PF) which can also be effective if it turns out to be PF.

So he started with the homeopathic remedy for heel spurs (Hyland's Calc. Fluor. 6x) of which I ordered him a bottle of 500 tablets and told him to follow the directions on the bottle for adults.

Recently I asked him how his foot was doing since he had been taking the remedy for about two months. He thought for a moment, smiled, and said, "You know, I had completely forgotten about it because it hasn't been hurting anymore!" I just smiled back at him.

So This is the homeopathic remedy he used :

I asked him to see his bottle and it still had some pellets left in it, so he had not used all of the 500 tablets.


Iodine Grid Painting
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 04/11/2021

Iodine grid-line painting on the heel is a popular Russian remedy for heel spurs. Paint vertical and horizontal iodine lines on the heel daily for 3 weeks. Lugol's 2% is used.

I use this on my hips and joints and it does work! I can't find anything (in english) as to why it works. If you speak russian, there is plenty. Here is a TV Show from Moscow I found about the use of iodine in russian medicine but I can't understand it.

Йод - польза или вред? Здоровье. (01.04.2018)


Maybe someone reading this can translate this and add to my post.

Rolling Heel on Golf Ball
Posted by Nancy Nelson (Texas) on 05/30/2020

My heel only started hurting 2 days ago but checked my favorite site, Earth Clinic an hour ago. Did a couple minutes of the foot stretch that others posted on here then fixed the acv, molasses and baking soda which I'm drinking while soaking my foot in Ice water.

Ironically, before I soaked my foot I noticed I didn't have heel pain any long er!!!! Wow. So folks, try the foot stretches first. They work!! Thank you Earth Clinic/ Deirdre as you've done so much for me as I've used this site for years and told many peeps about it!!!! Blessings to you.

Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C
Posted by Malu (Houston) on 05/08/2020

My son had a painful heel spur. The doctors offered little help. He used magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, in capsules. In three days the pain subsided, and in 2 weeks it was all gone. He is a big man, so he used a pill of each, twice a day. I don't know the mg of each, but it pretty standard. Hope this will help someone. Thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Sharon (Nsw, Australia) on 11/26/2018

Curious as to whether this recipe is applied to the heel spur or do you drink it. There is no mention of water in the recipe!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Sue (Bellingham, Wa) on 07/22/2018

Hello Richard, I just came back to this site tonight, to remind myself what the cure was, because I am "footsore." I went hiking for two days in flip flops, sturdy ones, but still, that was not smart. So I'm sipping the concoction too. As per your question above, in the past with the painful heel spur it didn't take long, maybe three days of drinking a mug of the stuff two or three times per day to get complete relief. (And that heel spur never came back.) I hope it is working or has already worked out for you. And I hope it's the cure for being footsore, too.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Richard (New York) on 07/16/2018

Thanks, Sue. I've had a spur on the back of my heel since 2014. It has gotten smaller but still causes pain, especially when I run. I'm sipping on this concoction as I write this. How often should one take this? Here's hoping it works

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap
Posted by Shirley (Wichita, Ks) on 04/08/2018

If ACV is too hard on your feet, try castor oil, just rub in at night for a week or less. That works very well for me.

Rolling Heel on Golf Ball
Posted by Nancy (Saginaw, Mi) on 10/27/2017

I used to do foot reflexology. X-rays in June 2017 confirmed I had a heel spur. I called the reflexologist who works on my feet. He said using a golf ball will help break up the spur. I placed the ball on the floor and rolled my heel over it several times as much as I could tolerate the first day. It hurt a LOT, but the next day the pain was decreased about 90%. I did this for 2-3 months while watching TV and barely feel it now. No fuss, no muss.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Sue (Bellingham, Wa) on 10/25/2017

Oh gosh, sorry I didn't see this comment to get back to you. Now it's over a year later. Anyway it was approximately 2 TBspoons of ACV, 1 TBspoon of Molasses and about a teaspoon or little less of baking soda. All dissolved in very hot, formerly boiling water. It's not awful tasting and it worked. Good luck!

Borax Foot Bath
Posted by Art (California ) on 08/25/2017 2185 posts

Debbie (Gloucester, Uk),

You're welcome.

This one looks like it comes in the 20 Mule Team Borax box.



Borax Foot Bath
Posted by Debbie (Gloucester, Uk) on 08/25/2017

Thanks, Art. I did stumble across this listing and messaged the seller to ask if it comes packaged in original 20 Team Mule packaging. Apparently, if I purchase a 25KG bag it will be, but if I purchase anything less than 25KG it will be shipped in a clear polybag as they split the 25KG bags down into to smaller sizes. I'm a bit nervous about ordering white powder in a polybag from the internet, but I think I might be willing to risk it!

Borax Foot Bath
Posted by Art (California ) on 08/24/2017 2185 posts

In reply to Debbie (Gloucester, Uk),

Here is one place you might be able to get it.



Borax Foot Bath
Posted by Debbie (Gloucester, Uk) on 08/24/2017

Where are you buying it in the UK? I haven't been able to get hold of it.

Posted by Karen (Florida) on 08/20/2017

I used extra magnesium citrate tablets to get rid of my bone spur. I am not familiar with this other product.

Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 08/19/2017

Dear Md. Rais,

Acid a Kal is a supplement with calcium, magnesium and vitamin K, if memory serves me correctly.

I bought this for my husband for heel spurs and it did not work for him.

I started to give him very small amounts of borax in the water he took to work each day. About 1/16 of a teaspoon per half gallon of water. It took many months, but during that time, the bony protrusions on his heels got much smaller and his pain went away.

I believe it is the boron in the borax that works. If you cannot find borax, you may be able to find a boron supplement. But borax is very cheap.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Md. Rais (India ) on 08/19/2017

Hey.. Guys I read many healing home remedies for bone spur round the corner. People suggest using ACID-A-CAL is very effective in bone spur healing. But I couldn't find the acid-a-cal in nearby medical shops.. What actually is this?... Please tell more about acid-a-cal...

Borax Foot Bath
Posted by Gilly (Uk) on 08/15/2017

So glad I found this site for for heel pain cures- I soaked my feet for 20 mins in about 1/2 tsp borax per litre hot water and today was the first day for 3 months that I have not had painful shooting pains every few minutes- not a single pain! After just one soak- I can't believe it's possible!

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap
Posted by Jean (Atlanta, Ga.) on 07/12/2017

Thank you so much. I have had two cortizone shots for my heal spur and it is the worst pain I have had since I gave birth to my son. It only solves the problem temporarily and leaves you with an avoidance paranoia.I have seen other reports with good results also. Thanks for sharing😊

Magnesium with Calcium, Vitamin D3
Posted by Harry (Canada) on 06/19/2017

Magnesium with Calcium and vitamin D3 supplement works for me. I have been a type two diabetic for 20 years now. I recently developed heel pain in my left foot. I had a MRI done and it is a heel spur. I take two pills once a day and in two weeks I am noticing less pain and more comfort when walking. I do not drink milk and I am on insulin therapy with metformin. I am 52 and bike daily and play softball twice a week. I hope this helps someone. I also tried Magnesium Oil and it made it worse for me.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Kim S. (East Rochester, Ohio ) on 05/18/2017

Could you tell me the amount of Apple vinegar, molasses and baking soda to use .how is this applied? Your help would be appreciated

Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
Posted by Amalia (Florida ) on 02/17/2017

I am suffering for about 4 years that pain is killing me. I have spur in both feet on the back just near to my talon. Nothing help only strong medication, tonight I going to try the vinegar to see. this pain is constantly I am not resting enough, make me feel sad and old, no more walks no exercises no more fun because make me feel tired.

Infrared Heat
Posted by Ruthel (Troup, Tx) on 02/14/2017

I went to a foot doctor. Had heel spur. He put infraredheat on my heal two or three times and it was cured. Nothing else. Thank God he was not into doing surgery as it seems that was the normal.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Robert (Barrie, Ontario) on 02/01/2017

When I had heal spur a few years ago, I searched online and found this recipe for apple cider vinegar, molasses and baking Soda. The writer claimed it was gone in three days. So I tried it and within three days the spur was gone. I have searching for this recipe again and found it here and thought I would share my expereince.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Sur (Texas) on 01/26/2017

Would someone please give me the recipe for ACV, baking soda and honey/molasses they are drinking for heel spurs? I assume drinking. I found a couple of places that said they are rubbing on. Please clarify.

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap, Epsom Salt Soak
Posted by Gloria (Ct) on 01/07/2017

ACV wrap for Heel spurs:

I start in the a.m. I place a 3 x 3 gauze pad soaked in Apple Cider Vinegar then wrap my heel in saran wrap and place a sock over my foot to hold it in place. I wear this all day.

I also drink 1 tab Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 1 tab. raw honey in a glass of water 2 x a day.

Before bedtime, I remove the wrap and soak my foot in a tub with 1/4 cup epsom salt dissolved in warm to hot water for about 10 to 15 minutes pat dry and then rub with foot cream to soften the peeled looking skin (some skin falls off but don't pick at it)

Do this for 2 to 3 weeks. It will feel better. Gloria

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap
Posted by Yvette (New Mexico) on 12/20/2016

Drink it. :)

2 tsps / cup purified water before every meal. (you can half it, and drink half.)

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda
Posted by Eric (Florida) on 12/15/2016

Started drinking apple cider vinger, molasses, baking soda about 5 days ago every morning. I'm a active workout Guy and I was afraid of not being able to go jogging due to my heel spur. I was not able to barely walk right sometimes. This drink has made the whole problem gone. I'm so impressed.. I would recommend this in a heart beat..