What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.
The most common complaint is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp. The bottom of the foot may also ache or burn. This can be painful and make walking more difficult.
The pain is usually worse:
- In the morning when you take your first steps
- After standing or sitting for a while
- When climbing stairs
- After intense activity
- The pain may develop slowly over time, or suddenly after intense activity.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis develops because of repeated small tears to the flat band of ligamentous tissue that connects your heel to the bones of your toes. These tears weaken the arch that supports the foot. As the arch of the foot weakens, increasing strain is placed on the deeper ligaments and tendons of the foot and lower leg. Over time, Plantar Fasciitis can result in Chronic Pain, Heel Spurs and Degenerative Joint Disease (Arthritis).
**Standard Medical Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis: Physicians typically treat Plantar Fasciitis with anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections. These medications temporarily reduce the pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis but do not treat the cause of the problem. Traditional methods can usually take between 9 months to two years to resolve this condition.
*Permanent correction of Plantar Fasciitis.*
Class IV Laser for Plantar Fasciitis utilizes the latest FDA Cleared Lasers, and combines them with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles around the foot and ankle joints. It provides a safe, effective, non-invasive, painless solution for plantar fasciitis. Patients respond exceptionally well to treatments and usually notice significant pain relief after just a few treatments.
• First, our goal is to heal the damaged tissue to end the pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis. This requires stopping the cycle of inflammation which is critical because chronically inflamed tissues block the flow of needed nutrients and oxygen to surrounding muscles and joints. The advanced CLASS IV restores the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the inflamed tissue allowing the cells to repair themselves at an accelerated rate.
• Second, to correct the foot and gait mechanics. Most cases of plantar fasciitis are resolved very easily with Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy alone; however, if the condition has become chronic this can lead to alterations in the gait that will need to be addressed.
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