Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful — and unfortunately common — condition affecting the bottom of the heel.
Common in runners and people who work on their feet, it can be debilitating. Traditional treatments were limited to either pain management or risky orthopedic surgery, and patients were regularly forced to give up their active lifestyles and even their jobs.
Today, plantar fasciitis laser therapy treatments offer a safe and highly effective alternative to traditional approaches.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia of the foot is a thick band of tissue that stretches from the heel bone past the center of the foot. This tissue provides support for the arch and absorbs shock to the hind foot. When this band of tissue experiences small tears, it becomes irritated and inflamed, which leads to the characteristic PF symptoms and pain.
This condition is distinguished by stabbing, debilitating heel pain. Most patients report the most intense discomfort when taking their first steps in the morning and after long periods of time on their feet.
Climbing stairs and taking long walks exacerbate the pain, often resulting in limping. Eventually, patients lose their mobility, especially if they experience this condition bilaterally.
Causes of Plantar Fascia Pain
The most common cause of PF is a series of minor injuries to the plantar fascia, often accompanied by inflammation. It is much more common in patients who work on their feet, but you may experience PF if you wear poorly fitting footwear or shoes that lack arch support.
Poor athletic technique and failure to stretch and warm up appropriately before exercise can aggravate the area. Being overweight and having a tight Achilles tendon are risk factors as well, as is a recent change in the type or intensity of exercise or athletic activity.
Laser Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Patients regularly report suffering debilitating heel pain for years. Many are forced to give up sports, exercise and their healthy, active lifestyle.
Traditional PF treatments include using a splint or another type or orthopedic device or getting steroid injections, shock wave therapy and orthopedic surgery. Unfortunately, surgery is a last resort, due to a high risk of complications and low rate of success.
Clinical trials demonstrate a significant improvement in heel pain after laser therapy treatment. Orthopedic and podiatric professionals agree that laser therapy is the most appropriate first-line treatment for plantar fasciitis and related conditions causing heel and foot pain, such as degenerative fasciopathy.
And as laser treatments are noninvasive with virtually no risk of side effects, they provide a safe and highly effective approach for treating this troublesome condition.
In Draper, Wexford, Wexford Laser Therapy provides a variety of treatments for pain, injury and chronic conditions. We treat patients who suffer from back and neck pain, diabetic ulcers, neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Contact us today to learn more about how laser therapy can help your plantar fasciitis pain.