Heel spurs, calcaneal spurs, vatakantaka.

Natural Treatment For Heel Spurs + Ayurvedic Home Remedies (Calcaneal Spur)

A heel spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. Though painful, heal spurs can be treated naturally with Ayurvedic home remedies and the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

Heel spurs (calcaneal spurs) are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue, the plantar fascia, that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.

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Heel Spur Causes

Heel spurs, calcaneal spurs, vatakantaka, heel pain.

  • Strain on the foot muscles and ligaments
  • Stretching of the plantar fascia
  • Repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone
  • Repetitive stress from walking, running or jumping on hard surfaces
  • Wearing tight or rough shoes
  • Excess body weight
  • Arthritis

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Signs + Symptoms Of Heel Spurs

At certain times heel spurs will be devoid of specific symptoms. A heel spur can be identified however through x-ray. You may notice these signs and symptoms.

  • Pain in the heel and surrounding area
  • Inflammation and swelling around the heel area
  • The heel area might be warm to touch

Common western treatment modalities include analgesics, placing a soft pad under the tender heel, rest and protection of the painful area with antibiotics. If this does not help, injection of hydrocortisone or division of the plantar fascia which provides temporary relief is available.

Ayurveda + Heel Spurs: Vatakantaka

Heel spurs can be correlated to vata kantaka. This is considered a vedana pradhana vyadhi. This means, the condition is characterized by major pain when vitiated Vata dosha affects the ankle joint.

Heel spurs, calcaneal spurs, vatakantaka, heel pain.

Vatakantaka is a combination of two words – Vata and Kantaka. Vata is mainly denoted as va gati gandhanyo iti vata. This means, that which has movement and is the main cause for action. Kantaka refers to the point of a needle which is like a thorn and that which produces a sharp, stinging pain at the heel of the foot.

Symptoms Of Vata Kantaka

The root cause of vatakantaka is aggravated Vata dosha associated with ama (undigested food) and Kapha dosha. The symptoms are as follows.

  • Ruk or pain
  • Sthambha or stiffness
  • Shopha or inflammation when associated with Kapha or when ama is present along with Vata

The person who suffers from this disease cannot walk and stand properly because of continuous pain in the foot.

The clinical presentation of vatakantaka can be effectively paralleled with a painful heel which may be caused by various conditions including tendo-achilles, calcaneal knob, bursitis, acute or chronic plantar fasciitis, bony spurs, Paget’s disease, chronic osteomyelitis and tuberculosis osteomyelitis.

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Heel Spur Treatment (Vata Kantaka Treatment)

Western treatment modalities include exercise, custom-made orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections. If conservative treatments fail, surgery may be necessary.

Ayurvedic Treatment + Remedies For Heel Spurs, Vatakantaka

Classical Ayurveda recommends treatments like bloodletting, eranda thaila pana (intake of castor oil) and agnikarma (cauterization). Both the Charaka Samhita and Chakrapani Dutta indicate swedana or sudation as a treatment procedure for heal spurs.

Here’s an Ayurvedic heel spur remedy you can do at home.

  • Oil your heels and ankles. Massage your heels and ankles for 20 minutes every day. You can use murivenna or mahanarayana thaila as an oil. You can even use plain sesame oil.
  • After oiling the feet, pour hot water into a tub and dip your feet in it for 5-7 minutes.

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Single Ayurvedic Herbs

Garlic for heel spurs, calcaneal spurs, vatakantaka.If you wish to use medicinal herbs, be sure to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner for guidance.

Rasna

Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) relieves pain and inflammation. It helps in pacifying aggravated Vata dosha. You can apply a thick paste of rasna on your heels and ankle and leave for 20 minutes at night before bedtime.

Garlic

Garlic pacifies Vata dosha. Make a paste of garlic and camphor (2:1 ratio). Apply on your heels for 20 minutes twice daily.

Ashwagandha

Internal administration of ashwagandha helps in strengthening the muscles, bones and ligaments thereby reducing pain and inflammation.

Guggulu

Internal administration of guggulu relieves pain and inflammation. Talk to a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before consuming herbal supplements.

Tamarind Leaves

Tamarind leaves relieve pain and pacify Vata dosha.

Dry Ginger

Dry ginger relieves inflammation and eases pain.

Ayurvedic Formulas For Heel Spur, Vatakantaka

Kolakulathadi Choorna

Kolakulathadi choorna is an Ayurvedic paste applied externally for relief of heel spur. Add the required quantity of water to 1 Tbsp of kolakulatthadi churna. Apply the paste over the affected heels and let dry for 4 hours. You can cover the paste with a thin layer of cloth, not tightly, to contain the powder.

Nitya Virechana

Nitya Virechana or mild purgation can be done daily with castor oil. Seek the advice of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner for guidance.

Other Recommendations For Heel Spur

  • Use comfortable, soft footwear.
  • Use socks at night time and keep the feet warm.
  • Get adequate rest for heels at night. If your work involves standing long hours, take time to rest in between.
  • Enjoy easily digestible, light food.
  • Immerse your foot in warm water and do oil massage daily.

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Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

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  1. Thank you for the home remedies for such situations…Great help!!

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