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Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that can affect athletes and so many others. Learn more about this condition and recent case studies from www.bioflexlaser.com that show the benefits of treating this condition with laser therapy.
Literature Highlight: Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. When the plantar fascia is strained, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed), causing severe pain when you stand or walk. Treating plantar fasciitis using traditional methodologies, such as rest, NSAIDs or icing, are only moderately effective and can cause negative side effects such as GI disruption.
Laser Therapy can effectively reduce the pain and inflammation, enabling people to get back on their feet and enjoying the activities they love.
Low-Level Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Prospective Study.
Jastifer JR, Catena F, Doty JF, Stevens F, Coughlin MJ.
BACKGROUND: Plantar fasciitis affects nearly 1 million people annually in the United States. Traditional nonoperative management is successful in about 90% of patients, usually within 10 months. Chronic plantar fasciitis develops in about 10% of patients and is a difficult clinical problem to treat. A newly emerging technology, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), has demonstrated promising results for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
METHODS: Thirty patients were administered LLLT and completed 12 months of follow-up. Patients were treated twice a week for 3 weeks for a total of 6 treatments and were evaluated at baseline, 2 weeks post procedure, and 6 and 12 months post procedure. Patients completed the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and Foot Function Index (FFI) at study follow-up periods.
RESULTS: Patients demonstrated a mean improvement in heel pain VAS from 67.8 out of 100 at baseline to 6.9 out of 100 at the 12-month follow-up period. Total FFI score improved from a mean of 106.2 at baseline to 32.3 at 12 months post procedure.
CONCLUSION: Although further studies are warranted, this study shows that LLLT is a promising treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.
Bioflex Laser and LILT are approved by Health Canada for treatment of many conditions including sports injuries, arthritic problems, and back problems. Johnston Health Center proudly offers Bioflex laser therapy.
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