Sometimes, the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toe just hurts, especially near the arch and heel. It could be plantar fasciitis which happens when the band of tissue called the fascia gets stretched and torn. That causes pain and inflammation.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons people have pain in their heels. Sometimes, the pain is worse in the morning after hours of no activity.
Many things can cause plantar fasciitis including worn-out shoes with thin soles and little support, high heels, flat feet or high arches, tight Achilles tendons, or unusual walking positions.
Women get plantar fasciitis more often than men and being overweight can exacerbate it.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation. Doctors often suggest patients take many doses each day for several weeks. Taking these medications can sometimes cause side effects in some people, so NSAIDs are not a good treatment option for them.
Corticosteroid injections are also options, but they only keep the pain away in the short term. Repeated use of injections can make the area more prone to further degeneration or rupture.
Physical therapy can help you learn exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons around the plantar fascia to help with healing in the long term. Splinting at night to help the fascia stretch is also a non-invasive treatment option.
Surgery to detach the fascia from the heel bone is a last resort to relieve pain.
Laser Therapy to Relieve Pain
Lasers can also be an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis pain that doesn’t seem to go away. Laser light targets the area of pain, reduces inflammation, and provides relief.
Different wavelengths of light target different areas and combine both to relieve the pain and to reduce the inflammation. Laser therapy works by directly targeting cells to get them to begin a healing process. The lasers also direct more blood and oxygen to the injured areas to promote healing. New and healthy tissue can grow in this positive environment.
There are no side effects, which is good news for many patients who are used to dealing with issues that come with other treatments.
Some people notice relief right away. For others, it takes several sessions to see the full impact of laser treatments.
The medical professionals at Arkansas Pioneer Chiropractic have experience treating plantar fasciitis and other related injuries. They use laser therapy and other techniques to help you achieve a pain-fee life without surgery. Contact us today for an appointment.