Curry typically includes turmeric, a spice with the active component known as curcumin. Curcumin has been studied for years, especially by scientists in India and it has been shown that it has significant ability to reduce acute and chronic inflammation. These types of inflammation occur in plantar fasciitis and many other foot conditions. Inflammation leads to pain. So, head off to your local Indian eatery and enjoy. You may be surprised to get a little extra spring in your step the next day! Katz notes that curcumin supplements are also available and that he uses them on patients that want to take a more natural approach to heel pain and other painful foot and painful foot joint problems. Heel pain is one of the most common reasons that patients make an appointment with a podiatrist. Symptoms include morning pain in the bottom of the foot and heel area. Treatments include orthotics, stretching, cortisone injections and ice. In some cases patient require more advanced treatments and Dr. Katz will opt for foot cryosurgery or EPAT therapy, sometimes referred to as shockwave. If you suffer from from heel pain or other foot pain, call Dr. Katz’s office and they will get you in immediately for an appointment.