Plantar fasciitis is a degenerative condition of the tough tissue at the bottom of your foot that runs from your heel to your toes.
Doctors once thought bony growths known as heel spurs brought on the pain. Now they believe that heel spurs are the result and not the cause of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heel. It’s usually worse when you take your first steps in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a long time. It tends to feel better with activity but worsens again after you spend a long time on your feet.
Your fascia supports the muscles and arch of your foot. When it’s overly stretched, you can get tiny tears on its surface. This can bring on pain and inflammation.
In the past, if conservative treatment options didn’t work, you were limited to steroid injections, custom orthotics, or invasive surgeries for plantar fasciitis. Steroid injections reduce swelling and inflammation immediately. However, these cannot be used over the long-term as they can cause the tendon to become weakened. Invasive surgery carries a risk of serious side effects, and it may actually even weaken the arch of your foot. Surgery also requires a long downtime, which means lots of missed days from work.
Fortunately, there’s a new, non-invasive FDA-approved treatment for this condition called ShockWave. This break through treatment is less risky than surgery. And, it doesn’t require a long recovery period.
Aspen Cold Laser Therapy
Because plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, and the areas involved are heavily inflamed a primary concern is removing the pain and inflammation before the condition becomes chronic.
The laser treatment uses light energy to accelerate the body's own healing process to quickly decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow to the affected area. This acceleration is known as ATP synthesis through PhotoBioModulation.