Suffering from the pain of Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis results from the plantar fascia in the foot becoming weak, inflamed, irritated, swollen, or damaged. It is by far one of the most common underlying reasons for pain in the heel. The plantar fascia consists of a thick, flat band of fibrous tissue that traverses the underside of the foot. It extends from the heel to the base of the toes, serving as a shock absorber and forming the supporting framework of the arch of the foot. There’s a wide range of treatment options available, although symptoms often present for at least 6 months. Healing may be accelerated with low level laser therapy
Get relief from Plantar Fasciitis with low level laser therapy
Low level laser therapy – also known as cold laser – is a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation, restore healthy tissue and reduce pain.
The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT help to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from the pain of plantar fasciitis.
LLLT works by enhancing circulation and encouraging the injured cells and tissues to repair, helping to restore normal function. As the underlying problem is treated, pain relief is possible.
A ground-breaking therapy for accelerating healing and relieving the pain associated with plantar fasciitis, some pain reduction can usually be felt immediately after treatment and a series of treatments are needed to feel the full benefit.
Let us help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
– Dr David Bartlett, Practice Principal – Robina Town Medical Centre
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for Plantar Fasciitis:
- Clinically proven results
- Safe to use immediately after an injury
- Reduces the need for medication
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Treatment is painless
- Relieves and potentially eliminates pain
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
It is believed that structural breakdown of collagen, microscopic tears in the fascia, and scarring play a greater role than inflammation in the cause of plantar fasciitis. The condition is more common in overweight middle-aged persons between 40 and 60 years old. Athletes are also more prone.
Some of the known causes or predisposing risk factors include:
- Overuse from prolonged standing or walking, especially on hard surfaces (e.g., factory workers and teachers)
- Stressful activities for the heel and surrounding tissue (e.g., ballet, aerobics, and running)
- Sudden increase in exercise
- Too little exercise
- Obesity which places stress on the plantar fascia with extra weight
- Inward rolling of the feet (flat feet) and other faulty foot mechanics
- High arched feet
- Leg length discrepancy
- Heel spurs
- Ill-fitting footwear
- Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The classical symptom associated with plantar fasciitis is heel pain and pain in the sole of the foot that is characteristically worse with the first step upon arising in the morning or after a period of rest. Bending the foot towards the shin of the leg may also exacerbate the pain, which is usually gradual in onset.
- Sharp stabbing pain which is one-sided in 70% of the cases
- Pain that is worse with placing weight on the heel after a period of rest
- Intense pain with the first steps after getting out of bed in the morning
- Pain that worsens with climbing stairs or prolonged walking or standing
- Numbness, tingling, and swelling (rare)
- Acute, severe, unrelenting pain in the sole of the foot may be associated with a ruptured fascia and warrants immediate medical attention
How is Plantar Fasciitis treated?
Time and conservative measures are the mainstays of treatment for most cases of plantar fasciitis. Most people improve in about six months to a year. If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to foot, knee, hip, and back problems.
Some of the more frequently employed therapies include:
- Rest and cutting back on activity
- Application of ice to reduce swelling
- Avoiding activities that exacerbate pain, such as prolonged walking or standing on hard surfaces
- Stretching and calf strengthening exercises
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications
- Well-fitting footwear with a cushioned sole and arch support
- Avoiding high-impact sports
- Physical therapy for stretching and strengthening
- Night splinting to facilitate stretching of the fascia
- Customized orthotic devices such as shoe inserts, arch supports, and heel cups (use in both feet even if symptoms are one-sided)
- Corticosteroid injections
- Surgery as a last resort to detach the fascia from the heel bone
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional treatments for plantar fasciitis
Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option for plantar fasciitis.