When you have heel pain from plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendon problems, or an ankle sprain, there are many things you can do to help the healing process along. We will likely start you out with RICE therapy, shoe modifications to reduce irritation, or custom orthotics to correct faulty foot movements or foot structures. These, along with any anti-inflammatory medications we prescribe, can go a long way toward relieving your symptoms.
However, when you need pain relief from a chronic problem that these remedies haven’t fully addressed, laser therapy can be a next step before trying injections or invasive surgery to solve your foot issues.
Laser therapies are medical treatments that use focused light. Unlike most light sources, light from a laser (which stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) is tuned to specific wavelengths. This allows it to be focused into powerful beams. Laser light is so intense that it can be used to shape diamonds or cut steel.
In medicine, lasers allow surgeons to work at high levels of precision by focusing on a small area, damaging less of the surrounding tissue. If you have laser therapy, you may experience less pain, swelling, and scarring than with traditional surgery. However, laser therapy can be expensive and require repeated treatments.
Our advance laser therapy unit cold laser treatment is approved by Health Canada and works on three levels: it energizes the cells and promotes cell metabolism, it eliminates inflammation, and it reduces or removes pain. Best of all, it does this without incisions or drugs, and studies have shown it to have few side effects when used correctly by a competent, trained medical professional.
The therapy itself involves focusing a concentrated light beam in the red wavelengths on the damaged tissue. We follow protocols for intensity, duration, and number of treatments needed for the condition being treated. The light passes through the skin into the inflamed and painful tissue underneath. Once there it stimulates the natural healing process in the cell, makes the cell membranes more permeable so nutrients are absorbed and used more quickly, and increases blood circulation to deliver oxygen for cell growth and repair. All these actions help speed up your recovery from soft-tissue injuries.