Laser treatments are becoming popular today for treating a variety of different medical conditions. Many dermatologists actually rely on lasers to help them successfully fix many of the issues their patients deal with. Recently, surgeons and podiatrists have introduced laser treatments to help combat the problems associated with plantar fasciitis and other inflammatory foot disorders.
The low-laser therapy that most patients receive is well tested and in the USA is an FDA approved form of treatment. During the treatment, a light beam is placed on the injured area in an effort to affect cellular metabolism, protein synthesis, wound healing, and immune response. The intention is that this stimulation of the affected area will fight the inflammation in the fascia, reduce heel pain, and increase recovery time.
Most people experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatments being 7 to 10 sessions. Swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one course of treatment, while chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments.
The effects of Laser Therapy are cumulative; therefore; expect to see improvements as you proceed through your treatment plan. It is important that once you start treatment you complete the recommended course otherwise the best results may not be achieved.
In the days following treatment with laser therapy patients are likely to experience tenderness due to the treatment which is not severe and passes within 2-3 days. Besides that, there are no other notable side effects.
In some cases, patients may feel immediate relief from their pain.