Plantar Fasciitis and LLLT: A Success Story
Plantar fasciitis is the often extremely painful and debilitating inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. It is one of the most, if not the most common orthopedic complaints involving the foot, affecting about one in 10 people. Typically it occurs in those whose daily routines or work schedules require them to put in extended hours on their feet without breaks. While the condition may resolve on its own given extended periods of time off of the feet, it can also be a severely painful and limiting problem that can often take from many months to several years to resolve. A number of cases remain in some degree of limitation and discomfort their entire lives.
A case study of a very active policeman gives an illustration of just how effective treatment with LLLT can be in regard to plantar fasciitis. This policeman was on his feet actively patrolling his beat at least 6 to 7 hours a day, every day. He was extremely uncomfortable with the idea of any time off, let alone the extended leave of absence that would have normally been mandated for treatment. The condition had aggravated itself steadily, worsening over the period of the last year. Two laser treatment therapies were chosen for the treatment protocol, Cranial Laser Release Technique, (CLRT) as well as LLLT directly to the painful areas. A treatment course of 3 treatments completely resolved the problem, despite the fact that he continued to work full hours during the entire time of treatment.
The fact that ibuprofen or other highly problematic drugs such as NSAIDS are typically the first choice of treatment for plantar fasciitis really spotlights the need for both healthcare professionals and patient/consumers to be aware and educated to the fact that LLLT, or cold laser therapy is a much safer, easier, more effective, and very often less expensive method of treatment than dangerous drugs.