Podiatry Laser Treatments - Inflammation / Plantar Fasciitis /
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that
extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia
first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.
Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress
fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a
Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have
heel pain properly diagnosed. A foot and ankle surgeon is able to
distinguish between all the possibilities and determine the
underlying source of your heel pain.
Achilles Tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon,
the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the
lower leg to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis most commonly
occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or
duration of their runs. It’s also common in middle-aged people who
play sports, such as tennis or basketball, only on the weekends.
The Painful Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain in
the bottom of the foot, near to the heel. The pain is most likely
to be felt on taking your first few steps when you get out of bed
in the morning. Similarly, if you rise to your feet after spending
a long period sitting or lying down, you are also likely to feel
pain. The discomfort tends to abate after you have walked around
for a little while, but may intensify again if you stay on your
feet for a long time.
A Safe, Pain and Side-Effect Free Resolution
Each session of laser treatment takes only a few minutes and causes
no pain or discomfort. The process has no harmful side effects and
can be used to successfully treat the most stubborn cases of
plantar fasciitis. This means that even if you might have otherwise
been considering a surgical intervention, you have an opportunity
to reverse the progress of your plantar fasciitis by taking a far
less drastic course of action.
If you have tried a number of treatment methods for your plantar
fasciitis without achieving any lasting success, there is a high
probability that deep tissue laser therapy will provide the answer.
If you have just been diagnosed, you should consider laser therapy
as a first approach, to save yourself from cycling between other
forms of treatment that may relieve symptoms for a while, but which
you may need to rely on for months or possibly even years.
Treatment with BERYLAS Laser
- Continuous laser wave typically 10-15 watt.
- Typically 3000 – 4000 joules, delivered through 15-20 min treatment
- Defocused beam (approx. 4-5 cm) is applied to specific points,
targeting the inflammation (and pain) source.
- The laser is set to deliver maximum continuous laser power for
several minutes. Intermediate area massage is needed to increase
blood flow and allow excess heat to dissipate.
- Treatment is repeated 4-5 times once a week.