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Old 28-01-2010, 07:57 AM   #1
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Default Alternative Treament for Bone Spurs

I have a bone spur on my right foot from my ski boot that is very inflamed an painful when I ski because of the pressure it puts on it. I'm a ski instructor for a living so being constantly in excruciating pain for 6 hours a day isn't exactly my idea of fun.

Does anybody on here know about alternative treatments that can help to rid of it or at least reduce the size of the bone spur? I don't know much about bone spurs other than the fact that they're painful as hell and the surgery puts you out for 6 weeks and I can't do that. I'm too active of a person to be out for 6 weeks and my job depends on it.

I've been sporadically putting Arnica on it and it's helped a little with the inflammation to make it bearable to ski on but that's about it.


any input/direction is much appreciated!
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Old 28-01-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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Default I had a neighbor who had this - here's what we did

Hi!

I had a neighbor who did factory work at night and stood most of the time she was at work. She told me that she had been taking calcium supplements before going to bed.

What worked was this: She started taking the calcium supplements upon waking and she took apple cider vinegar along with them. She was taking about 3 T. apple cider vinegar per day.

You can also soak the affected foot in apple cider vinegar.

Spurs went away... I think it took a couple of weeks.

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Old 28-01-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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I'm concerned about getting a bone spur in my shoulder... it's supposedly common for people who lift weights, but more common for bodybuilders who lift weights religiously.

In any case, I noticed lately for the last few months that my left shoulder has a slight pain in it when doing overhead presses and stuff ...

All I can do is cross my fingers. These things sound scary.
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Old 29-01-2010, 02:51 AM   #4
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Default I lift, too- sounds more like a rotary cuff injury

Those are really easy to get and they cause the kind of pain you describe. You just have to not over tax it and give it quite a while to heal.

You might want to add some rotary cuff exercises to your routine. Lots of people skip these because they're kind of dull... You have to do them with fairly light weight and the objective is just to strengthen those little muscles in the shoulder so they can better support the rest of the work you're doing.

Spurs are common on the bottoms of people's feet. Sometimes it's related to standing too much or being overweight. But, there seems to be a relationship to calcium supplements, too. The supplements are fine... just don't take them before bedtime - take them when you wake up and take apple cider vinegar with them. It will help dissolve the spurs, which are calcium deposits - and keep them from forming.
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Old 29-01-2010, 07:20 PM   #5
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Spurs are common on the bottoms of people's feet. Sometimes it's related to standing too much or being overweight. But, there seems to be a relationship to calcium supplements, too. The supplements are fine... just don't take them before bedtime - take them when you wake up and take apple cider vinegar with them. It will help dissolve the spurs, which are calcium deposits - and keep them from forming.

how does the apple cider vinegar help dissolve it? is there anything else i can take to help it?

I can't take the pressure off of it because i wear a ski boot for a living. Will that hinder the effect of the vinegar?
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Old 29-01-2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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how does the apple cider vinegar help dissolve it? is there anything else i can take to help it?

I can't take the pressure off of it because i wear a ski boot for a living. Will that hinder the effect of the vinegar?
I would imagine the best thing to do would be to stay off your foot for a couple days while starting the treatment.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:59 PM   #7
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thanks for the apple cider suggestion. after looking it up on the internet, it seems like a good route to try in order to avoid the surgery.

A couple questions though:
-When you soak your foot in it, how long do you soak it for?
-When soaking the foot, do you use straight vinegar? If so, that seems like it would waste a lot of the vinegar.

these things suck. if you think you're getting one, take care of it immediately. I waited two years to deal with it, not knowing what it was and thinking it would just go away. now it's huge, painful and gets in the way of my skiing since I can't put any pressure on it...
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #8
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Number one homeopathic therapeutic (ie non-individualised) -
Hecla Lava
or Tissue Salt Calc Fluor

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Bone spurs are outgrowths of the bone forming a small, hard projection; more technically they are referred to as exostoses. One of the most common places to get one is under the heel; these ‘heel spurs’ cause a very painful condition known as plantar fasciitis. We have two very good remedies for dealing with bone spurs. Calc. fluor can be given in ‘true’ homeopathic potency or as a tissue salt, I prefer the latter method as it can then be given over a long time frame, this is often required as the patient normally responds quite slowly.

Hecla lava is the second remedy that can also be prescribed. This unusual remedy is made from the fine volcanic ash from Mount Hecla, Iceland. The story has it that a homoeopath, climbing on Mount Hecla, noticed that sheep grazing on the grass growing on the slopes of the mountainside suffered from bony growths. He surmised this might be due to something in the ash on which the grass grew and using the basic homeopathic principle of ‘like cures like’ decided to take some and research it as a remedy. The outcome of this is that a very useful remedy is now in the homeopathic materia medica. Hecla lava is particularly useful for exostoses of the mouth and jawbones, particularly where they are painful to touch or put pressure on.
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Old 28-02-2010, 12:21 PM   #9
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This is very interesting, Supposively my mom has bone spurs around her spine, she was saying something about it leaving her spine dangerously fragile, and shes thinking about surgury once she understands more.

Does anybody have any more information that might help me understand better, and what would be the post alternative to present to her, if available.
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I am going to tell you some remedies for bone spur.I hope these remedies will help you.Bathe the joints with chamomile tea. Take a cup of boiling water and steep 2-3 tsp fresh or dried chamomile flowers in it. Strain the decoction and cool it down. Use it to bathe the painful joints.

Take a piece of brown wrapping paper (grocery bag works) and cut it into the shape to fit in heel of your shoe. Soak the paper well in Apple Cider Vinegar, place in shoe and wear every day resoaking periodically. Within 2-3 weeks my spur was completely gone.

Also one of the most trusted home remedies for bone spurs is the use of curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric. It is very effective for healing bone spur. One should take about 500mg to 1gm of curcumin, thrice a day on an empty stomach. Continue this remedy for about two months.

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I am going to tell you some remedies for bone spur.I hope these remedies will help you.Bathe the joints with chamomile tea. Take a cup of boiling water and steep 2-3 tsp fresh or dried chamomile flowers in it. Strain the decoction and cool it down. Use it to bathe the painful joints.

Take a piece of brown wrapping paper (grocery bag works) and cut it into the shape to fit in heel of your shoe. Soak the paper well in Apple Cider Vinegar, place in shoe and wear every day resoaking periodically. Within 2-3 weeks my spur was completely gone.

Also one of the most trusted home remedies for bone spurs is the use of curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric. It is very effective for healing bone spur. One should take about 500mg to 1gm of curcumin, thrice a day on an empty stomach. Continue this remedy for about two months.

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thanks for the random thread bump man. the spur has gone down a lot since ski season since I haven't had my foot in a ski boot for 3 months but it's still there and will definitely get bigger again next season.

soaking it in the vinegar worked for you? i tried ingesting it and couldn't handle it. the taste was so vile and it made my stomach too acidic, which made me nauseous. it definitely helped, i just couldn't handle it.

what does the chamomile do? as far as I know, chamomile doens't have any medicinal value other than as a calming/relaxing effect when ingested. i know some shampoos use it though.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:24 AM   #12
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Bone spurs are usually caused by local inflammation, such as from degenerative arthritis or tendinitis. This inflammation stimulates the cells that form bone to deposit bone in this area, eventually leading to a bony prominence or spur. For example, inflammation of the ligament that surrounds a degenerating disc between the vertebrae (the bony building blocks of the spine) is a very common cause of bone spurs of the spine. Bone spurs may or may not cause symptoms. When they do cause symptoms, the symptoms depend on their location. Bone spurs can be associated with pain, numbness, and tenderness if they are irritating adjacent tissues, such as skin, fat pads, nerves or tendons.
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Lack of Vitamin K2 causes calcium to fail to be deposited in bones where it belongs and to be deposited instead in arteries, aorta, soft tissues including muscle, breast, kidneys and in heel spurs.

Vitamin D and vitamin K work synergistically towards bone health. Vitamin D3 and K2 may be what you require. If you supplement vitamin D without taking vitamin K2 you risk a calcium imbalance.
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Bone spurs are part of a painful condition that often occurs as a result of arthritis in middle age. They can limit your range of motion and cause pain to the surrounding areas. While surgery is an option, there are alternative methods that are less invasive that can you give you relief from the resulting symptoms.
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