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Home remedies for Bone Spurs



Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are tiny bony outgrowths that form along joint margins. Bone spurs normally happen on the back of the spine as a person ages. However, they can also appear on the feet, either along toes or the heel, as well as on the hands.
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The main cause of bone spurs is the wear-and-tear damage associated with osteoarthritis. It can result from any sequential and consequential changes in bone formation, which can be due to degeneration and mechanical instability.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
It can also be caused by inflammatory conditions like plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, also known as DISH.
In addition, being overweight, applying continuous pressure and excessive use of joints during exercise or while playing sports can cause this problem.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
Most bone spurs cause no signs or symptoms and go undetected for years. When they do cause symptoms, they may include sharp pain, restricted movement along the affected area, swelling, inflammation and numbness.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
Most symptoms depend on where the bone spurs are located. For instance, a bone spur on the knee may cause pain and difficulty bending your leg.
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When it affects the spine, it can cause pain and loss of motion. When it pinches the nerves or the spinal cord, it may also cause weakness or numbness in the arms or legs. A heel spur can even lead to calluses and corns on the foot due to pressure.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
As bone spurs can become very painful, it is important to deal with them promptly. You can treat the condition naturally with simple lifestyle changes and easy home remedies.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
1. Cold Compress
Regular use of a cold compress will help reduce symptoms like pain, swelling and inflammation due to a bone spur. It will also help relax the muscles in the affected area.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
Put a few ice cubes in a thin towel and tie it securely.
Apply the ice pack over the affected area and press gently.
Do this for 5 to 10 minutes.
Repeat this remedy as needed.
Note: Do not apply ice directly on the skin as it may cause frostbite.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
2. Ginger
Ginger is another excellent home remedy for bone spurs. Being a natural anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce pain, swelling as well as inflammation. Moreover, it helps improve blood circulation.
Home remedies for Bone Spurs | Heal spur 2015
Drink ginger tea up to 3 times a day. To make the tea, boil 1 tablespoon of thinly sliced ginger in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink it.
Also, massage the affected area with ginger oil a few times daily.
Alternatively, you can take a dose of two 500-milligram ginger tablets, 3 times a day, for extended relief and treatment. Consult your doctor first.
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