The Treatment for Plantar Fascitis:
You want to be able to walk and run without foot pain. Not a hard thing to expect or want.
But if you're reading this, you have pain that you cannot find a solution to.
Forget stretching, arch supports, injections or using a golf ball to treat plantar fascitis. None of these work! Haven't you noticed this already?
Now I come along and treat the bottom of your foot for 10 minutes using laser therapy and you stand up and go wow. Now the other foot feels jealous and tight so you want 10 minutes on that one as well. You have no explanation. It just works.
This is what happens in my office on a regular basis. Why? Because I know the cause of your plantar fascitis and very few others do. Lasers treat the fundamental problem. Stretching, exercise, orthotics, injections, golf balls...none of them work. Well maybe the orthotics help, but they don't actually fix the problem either. They simply don't allow your arch to stretch properly when you're walking so your pain goes away, but not the problem.
Laser Therapy for Plantar Fascitis
I have two lasers that treat Plantar Fascitis The Erchonia FX 635 Low Level Laser is FDA cleared to treat plantar fascitis, but I've found my new Aspen Apex Laser works faster.
It treats your pain, by loosening the tight muscles in your foot that aren't stretching properly when they need to stretch like when you stand or walk.
Imagine a rubber band with some elasticity in it. A normal, healthy plantar fascia should be able to stretch and retract with every step. When the plantar fascia becomes inflexible you can have plantar fascitis. This inflexibility can be different along the length of the plantar fascia so that only parts of it hurt and not along the entire length from heal to toes. Low Level Laser Therapy restores the flexibility in a very remarkable and painless way. No Surgery, No Shots…Just natural rehabilitation of the tissues.
The healing powers of this low level laser technology can reduce inflammation and eliminate pain in the plantar fascia and often return people to an active life style after just a few weeks of treatment.
Laser is proven to improve cellular function through painless bio-stimulation. It provides patients experiencing chronic heel pain with a non-invasive, efficacious solution to quickly improve their walking comfort and quality of life without surgery.
Why do orthotics work, yet are not the best solution.
Common treatments include stretching, night splints, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications and orthotics which in many cases take the pain away. For others these options are painful, difficult and simply don’t help at all.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years with people who have plantar fasciitis is a reduction in symptoms using arch supports in their shoes. This seems to work for years on some people, but eventually the pain returns and they think they need a new orthotic. But every new orthotic they try fails to give them any relief. They show me the orthotic that worked for years and it’s usually so stiff that it could survive a nuclear holocaust. Their orthotic didn’t wear out, but their foot has now developed a new, more intense, shortening along the plantar fascia of the foot that continued to worsen with the orthotic even though they didn’t have pain. These people often cannot walk at all without their shoes and orthotic. Granted these are some of the more severe cases. But the underlying, fundamental problem of their plantar fasciitis is never addressed.
What’s the Underlying Cause
Imagine a rubber band with some elasticity in it. A normal, healthy plantar fascia should be able to stretch and retract with every step. When the plantar fascia becomes inflexible you can have plantar fasciitis. This inflexibility can be different along the length of the plantar fascia so that only parts of it hurt and not along the entire length from heal to toes. Low Level Laser Therapy restores the flexibility in a very remarkable and painless way. No Surgery, No Shots…Just natural rehabilitation of the tissues.
New Blood Vessel growth with Low Level Laser Therapy
For many, the artery at the top of the foot needs to be lasered because it has branches that go down and feed the plantar fascia. Treating the top and bottom of the foot is important. The image below shows neovascularization (new blood vessels) delivery blood to plantar fascial tissue in a 64 year old female with plantar fascitis.
She had tried orthotics, topical analgesic, oral anti-inflammatory meds, and stretching exercises with no results. Notice the extra red areas in the after image showing new blood vessel growth into the involved area. The before shows the lack of blood flow to the area which gives a “rigor mortis” type effect to the plantar fascia. Inflexible, painful to stretch, blood deprived, unhappy tissue. Low Level Laser Therapy restored circulation to the area bringing relief.
What drug, what exercise, what stretch could do that? Answer is,none of them.
Even if shoe inserts take the pain away, it’s because they limit the stretch of the plantar fascia with each step. You need the blood supply restored to get to the root of the problem.
How long does it take to notice results?
It depends. If the stiffness in your plantar fascia is due to a lack of cellular energy from Cytochrome C Oxidase problems alone or is it also due to a lack of blood vessels supplying blood to the plantar fascia. If it’s only the first one, then symptoms change quickly. If it’s both, then symptoms change slowly because it takes time for new blood vessels to grow. LLLT corrects the cellular energy problem that allows both problems to get handled. But if you’re three or four treatments into LLLT without noticing change don’t be discouraged. As you can see from the study below it took time to get results months after the last LLLT treatment. This video explains why it can take time after you’ve finished your treatments.
How much does it cost?
Please call our office and ask us this question. The cost of LLLT varies a lot between different regions of the country and with different machines, etc. Our rates are very reasonable and we are the only clinic in Dane County Wisconsin that currently have Erchonia’s FX 635 that is FDA cleared for treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis.