I want to thank this community for the information provided on the use of the Borax soaks for heel spur pain.
I went through 9 months of plantar fasciatis generated from heel spurs as it turns out. I tried orthotics, heel cups, new shoes, ibuprofen, ice, heat, pulse massager, and copius amounts of beer (beer not necessary, I know).
Untill one day when I read this board and said, "what could I possibly lose". I bought borax, powdered 20 mule team, poured warm water into a container and plenty of powder. never measured, I was just not hesitant to add.
24 hours later, I was better. 2-3 days into it I could feel something happenning as my foot soaked. I was so far gone that it's taken 9 - 10 days of soaking but i'm finally awaking pain free and I feel but a little sting every now and then.
I will continue to wrap and cushion my arch and my heel, as well as soak until it's all gone. Happy soaking all!!
Some years ago I developed a pain, mainly in the heel area, on both my feet. I was unable to walk for more than half an hour without feeling excruciating pain. It was so bad, I was on my hands and knees crawling. On visiting the doctor, I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. To cut a long story short, I took calcium supplements over a number of months and the pain disappeared. The calcium pills I took are very strong so I caution everyone to be careful of the dosage they take. Other than that, I would recommend heel spur sufferers to take calcium supplements (with Vit D to help absorption) to get rid of this ailment. Hint: constantly look at the health of your nails to see whether your calcium intake is lacking/adequate/too much and vary your intake accordingly.
I love this site! This is my first post. I'm a 55 year old female and have suffered a good deal of my life from plantar fasciitis. Of late, it has reached a point where if I sit for just a few minutes, any time during the day, I suffer just to get walking again! I came across some info on cod liver oil and decided to try it. Within about 3-4 days my pain was nearly gone! It has also greatly relieved my long standing head and neck pain/strain from wearing bifocals!
I take 2 teaspoons of lemon-flavored cod liver oil mixed up well with 2 teaspoons of milk once a day. Cod liver oil thins the blood, so if you are on blood thinners such as Plavix or Coumadin do not take it! Also, if you have an upcoming surgery, do not take for two weeks before hand! (and a bit after). Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should also avoid! Do your research!
Once you are on it, you can skip a dose or two, but if you stop it, the pain will return! When you stop it for a few days, you realize the benefits you were receiving from it! So, my plantar fasciitis is much better, but not cured.
I have used food grade diatomaceous earth for a little over two months now, worked my way up to two tablespoons a day in a glass of water. What I have noticed so far is my plantar fasciitis no longer hurts on my right foot, my nails are growing so fast I have to "tend" to them twice a week, improved energy levels, 2X daily bowel elimination (as opposed to one). All of this has taken about two months so patience is key. At 51 years old, I do exercise daily, eat about a 75% clean diet, but have about 30 pounds to loose. I believe the food grade DE is really pretty awesome...and is not a danger if properly used. I am a nurse and do believe many simple natural products support our immune system greatly. DE is one that I will continue the rest of my life with one day off a week. Good luck everyone - follow your intuition.
I have been suffering with either heel spurs or plantar facititis for over a year. I have done numerous eating plans and recently tried eating paleo. I also started taking 2 tbsp of coconut oil per day and eating more oranges and 1 banana a day. The past few weeks I have been in so much pain that it is horrible to even walk.
I started to look into foods that cause inflammation and got out my Eat Right For Your Blood Type. I am type A+
I should be eating vegetarian and I do prefer veggies and fruits. I was surprised to see that a few of my avoid foods are coconut, oranges, bananas and they have been in my daily diet!
I thought the diet was kinda goofy but was going to give it a try. I have eliminated all of my avoid foods and have been eating mostly my beneficial foods for my blood type.
I am noticing that I am not feeling bloated and my joints and feet feel way better! I am going to keep trying this eating plan to see if it's just a fluke or if there is something to this eating plan.
I will update in a few weeks to let everyone know how things are going.
Re plantar fasciitis and heel spur... The only long time relief I have found are those new walker rocker shoes..... I had tried a lot of things... the stretches, massage, pain killers....these shoes work and if I chose I could again use my other shoes... not sure for how long though...these are the shoes with the curved sole.... they stop the heel strike....
I've had the plantar fasciitis pretty bad for over a month. I couldn't even walk around the house without being in real pain. I used a firm, foam roller and had one of my kids add a little weight to roll out my calves from the knees down. The very next day the pain was very managable. It's like getting a deep massage. Much more effective than just stretching. The heels still hurt when I stand or sit in one spot for too long. I'm guessing that's the calcium deposit. I'm going to try the ACV treatment. I'm a runner and I'm tired of being sidelined.
Middle Of, Indiana
I have spent over a thousand dollars to try and find remedies for my plantar fasciitis. After suffering for a few years, the best remedies I have found are to stretch. Stretch for 3 whole minutes, 3 times a day. After a month, my feet went from feeling like walking on glass, to walking on bubblegum. I also used a golf ball for deep tissue massage. With the two, my feet feel great. When my feet hurt again, I go back to this and it clears it up.
This is what I did for plantars fasciiatis, stand straight facing a wall. Place your well foot to the wall, move the sore foot away from the wall-behind you- until you feel a good streach in the back of your leg stretch and release, stretch and release, do this 3 or 4 times, the next day do the same thing, you probably will not notice any change except you can move the sore foot back farther each day, keep doing it everyday, soon the problem will be gone, and you will have no heel pain. It has worked for me and a family member.
I suffered months with debilitating foot pain (plantar fasciitis). Eventually, I found a ridiculously simple cure: Simply stretch the sole of your foot as you take slow steps. Roll over the ball of your feet gently, leave the toes on the ground and then stretch the sole of your feet for a second or two. Repeat 10 to 20 times several times a day. The foot pain got immediately better and generally subsided during the course of 2 or 3 weeks. I have since been pain free for one year.
I've tried EVERYTHING in the last 7 years since I've had plantar fasciitis. Acupunture, herbs, supplements, soaks, inserts, shoes, stretching yoga and finally the best answer for me, one change in my diet.
Over the years ECCO shoes (just some of them) have made walking possible and comfortable. (I hated birkenstock and orthototics).
Yoga stretching helped a huge amount short term as did acupuncture. But the results just didn't 'stick'.
What worked was cutting out gluten. I'm not celiac and have zero digestive disturbance so I'm quite surprised but actually cut out gluten, (as an experiment to improve my diet), noticed day by day in just one week that my feet felt 100% normal!
Going gluten free also just isn't that hard with all the options out there. I thought it would be, in case that's a reservation for any of you out there.
Keep in mind there's sneaky gluten in things like SOY (but you can get gluten free soy)
I hope this helps someone else.
Kiel, Wi, USA
I had crippling facciitis. I did the shots (worthless... The shots hurt more than the faciitis and only gave minimal relief) I have a drawer full of every orthotic known to man (none of which took away the pain in my facciia or my heel) I ended up tearing it doing stretches that were recommended and in the end after 2 doctor recommendations had surgery to repair the faciia. 2 years later my foot is still jacked up and I began having the same issue with my other foot. One day I saw a guy actually running barefoot on the street. I did some research to find out what damage I was sure he was doing to his feet and after reading about these "barefooters" I started going barefoot whenever possible. My good foot no longer has any pain at all and my foot that had the surgery has improved dramatically. All the orthotics were doing is holding the facciia in a shortened position which is the problem in the first place.... When I started going barefoot, it was able to stretch naturally. Pain is almost completely gone! Anyone looking for an orthotic collection?? LOL
About 6-7 years ago my husband complained of foot pain. He worked as a mechanic and jumped down from the trucks onto the floor. We decided that it was plantar fasciitis. Knowing that grapefruit extract helped with inflammation, we tried it for the foot pain. He took 125 mg, 3-4 times a day, everyday for a week or so, then cut back to one a day. I do not think it heals the problem as it will return if not taken every day, but as long as he takes 125 mg everyday he does not have the pain.
One year ago I was supposedly diagnosed with heal spurs and plantar fasciitis. Doc did not want to acknowledge the symptoms of migrating pain and twitching up the leg and into the body. I would at times catch a cold, and would feel it go into my heel, which would then swell so I could not walk. One day out of desperation, I rubbed GSE on it. The next day the pain was gone. A week later, I felt the pain and swelling come back. Again, over night with the GSE say 12 drops on the bottom of the foot, and it was gone the next morning. Simply amazing. I had not considered GSE but had tried: Iodine, DMSO, H2O2, other essential oils, colloidal silver, heating foot packs, magnesium oil rubs and soaks; some of which helped a small bit, but nothing like the GSE. So take it for what it's worth. And thanks Ted.
Sacramento, California Usa
I've been wearing high heels for a week and this is the first time I've been able to walk with out limping for six months. My plantars fasciitis was so bad I recently had to take a week off work and go to bed. I'd been wearing Crocs with Dr. Scholl's insoles and getting no relief. In desperation, I pulled out an old pair of high heels I never wear anymore and wore them in the house at night, and the next morning the heel pain was almost gone.
Today I'm walking normally and I've begun wearing a pair of clogs that have a two inch heel on them. I guess it really does work for me to stretch the muscles on the bottom of my feet by wearing heels. Hurray!