If you suffer from heel spurs, you may find that there are days when walking can be excruciating. You may wonder if there is anything you can do at home to minimize the pain and discomfort. If so, try one or more of the following home remedies using ingredients you may already have or that you can easily purchase at a pharmacy, supermarket, or department store.
Soak Your Foot In Apple Cider Vinegar And Baking Soda
This first home remedy involves soaking your foot in a solution made from apple cider vinegar and baking soda. The apple cider vinegar helps reduce the inflammation around the heel spur, while the baking soda pulls out the calcium from the deposit, helping to reduce the size of the spur.
In a pan or bucket large enough to submerge your foot, mix together two cups of warm water, a cup of apple cider vinegar, and three tablespoons of baking soda. Stir the solution with a spoon until the baking soda has dissolved.
Place your foot in the container, and soak it for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, pat your foot with a clean terry towel, and let it air dry before putting on socks and shoes.
If you are a diabetic, do not use this remedy unless you have clearance from your doctor, since you risk burning your foot or having it become infected. Use one of the other two remedies below instead.
Massage Your Heel With Coconut Oil And Lanolin Lotion
With this treatment, you will massage your heel with a homemade lotion made from coconut oil and lanolin. The lanolin helps soften and condition the skin around the spur. The coconut oil conditions the skin, and it also decreases the swelling by pulling out the inflammation to give you some pain relief. You will also need a pint-sized mason jar with a lid.
To make the lotion, mix together a cup of lanolin with four tablespoons of coconut oil. Pour the lotion into the jar, replace the lid, and place it in your refrigerator for an hour. Using the lotion cold will help decrease the inflammation even more.
When you are ready to use the lotion, take a small amount out of the jar, and rub it onto your heel. Then, gently massage it into your skin. Let your foot air dry for a few minutes, then put socks on to keep any excess from getting on the floor. The lotion will continue to absorb into your skin and relieve your discomfort.
Place Gauze Soaked in Flaxseed Oil On The Spur
This remedy uses flaxseed oil, traditionally known as linseed oil, to reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by the bone spur. You will also need two four-by-four pieces of thick gauze, a small bowl, cloth medical tape, and a clean sock.
Place one piece of gauze in the bottom of the bowl, then pour in just enough of the flaxseed oil to cover the gauze. Let the gauze soak for a few minutes, then fold it in half.
Put the gauze directly on the heel spur, then cover it with the dry gauze. Use the tape to secure it in place, then put on your socks. Leave the gauze on for about an hour, then remove it, wiping off any excess before putting your sock back on.
Using the above home remedies twice a day should help you find relief from your heel spur pain. However, if you continue to have symptoms, or if they increase in intensity, you may want to make an appointment with a podiatrist at a medical center like Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists to have your heel examined and to discuss any treatment options available to you.