Heel Spurs Treatment - Home Remedies that Work!

Apple Cider Vinegar Wrap, Epsom Salt Soak  

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Posted by Gloria (Ct) on 01/07/2017
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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, Molasses, Baking Soda  

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Posted by Robert (Barrie, Ontario) on 02/01/2017
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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.

Replied by Kim S.
East Rochester, Ohio

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

Posted by Eric (Florida) on 12/15/2016
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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..

Posted by Sue (Bellingham, Wa) on 10/29/2016
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Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Baking Soda - Heel Spur

Well, it's been less than 24 hrs and it seems to be working: a lot less pain, it's almost gone, went from about a scary 9 to a reassuring I'll be normal again 2 on a pain scale, and that's a big improvement. I feel grateful to Earth Clinic and Earth Clinic posters. Thanks everyone! Even tho I have no idea why ACV, molasses, and baking soda works to resolve this painful condition, I'll keep doing this till it is gone and I can walk pain free. I don't think you can get into much trouble making concoctions from what you've already got in the kitchen. Doctors are great when you need them, but it's really nice when you don't. :)

Replied by Sur

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.

Replied by Sue
Bellingham, Wa

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!

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

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...

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 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.


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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/27/2016
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My husband has had trouble with his feet for a long time. He had plantar faciitis pain, which his mother also had. We found that the correct shoe made a big difference in his pain. He gets a well supporting shoe. Related to the platar faciitis is that he developed heel spurs. On the back of each heel he had a boney protrusion that resembled a half an avacado pit. I tried many different remedies from Earth Clinic and other things, and I can't even recall what they all were. But nothing was helping.

Somewhere along the line I started to give him borax 4-5 days a week for something else. While the dose for men is 1/4 teaspoon in a liter of water sipped through the day, this was too much for him. Instead, I put 1/16th of a teaspoon in his water for work (total of about 6 cups of water.) And he drank this through the day.

Over the course of many months, maybe a year, the heel spurs decreased in size, significantly and are barely noticable now. It took years to develop them, so it is not unreasonable to expect it to take a long time to heal. Though some people seem to experience relief more quickly with some remedies. Perhaps if his gut could have tolerated a higher dose, it would have worked more quickly.

But it worked for him. I could tell he moved gingerly when he first got up in the morning from the pain in his feet. He doesn't do that now.

Apparently borax can help to balance the calcium-magnesium balance in the body. I am guessing this is why it worked. For some, magensium supplementation works. But the easiest remedy for him was a bit of borax daily.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Gilly (Uk) on 08/15/2017
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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!

Replied by Debbie
Gloucester, Uk

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

Replied by Art
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In reply to Debbie (Gloucester, Uk),

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



Replied by Debbie
Gloucester, Uk

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!

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Debbie (Gloucester, Uk),

You're welcome.

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



Posted by Lady Tee (Chicago, Illinois) on 05/30/2016

I had heel spurs on both feet. The treatment I used was an old remedy my grandparents gave me.

  1. Soak feet in mixture of 1/4 cup of Borax, 1 capful of ammonia, and 1 gallon of cool or lukewarm water for 10 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water, using a washcloth to rub your feet. Let feet air dry (I used an electric fan to speed up the drying process).
  2. Wrap green banana peels (not yellow) on the heels and tape it with duct tape. Put white cotton socks over them. Keep this on overnight.
  3. In the morning, take the peel and tape off, rinse feet and air dry again. Put on ACV with a cotton ball and let it dry on your feet.

I did this for about 5 days...But I noticed a great improvement after the 1st treatment.

The extra skin, which I'm supposing was the heel spur, or excess skin, came off (around the 3rd day)!!

I have been heel spur free for 3 years and counting...And yes, my job requires me to stand 8-9 hours a day, 5 days a week...It worked for me :) I hope it can help anyone else!

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.


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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 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.

Replied by Sindee
Santa Cruz, Ca.

Thank you Debbie. My mom told me that women in our family shrink after having kids which I thought was some sort of superstition. I had four kids the youngest is now 26 and I have "shrunk" over 2 inches in height, and have been dealing with heel spurs + plantar faciitis, both horribly painful to where I had begun to walk with a limp. I have taken calcium with no noticeable benefit. What you wrote makes a whole lot of sense so I'm now juicing (leafy greens, carrot, apple and 1 clove fresh garlic) and taking 1 tbsp of Organic ACV in a glass of water. I'm in my late fifties so we'll see in a year what I can report back.

Replied by Susan

One other important thing is to take Vitamin K2 (as MK-7). It tells the body where the calcium is SUPPOSED to go and little by little takes it out of the places it does NOT belong.