Low Level Laser Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

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Overview

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is believed to enhance healing, reduce pain and edema, reduce inflammation and increase circulation. LLLT does not produce its effects through heat.

Many providers will use LLLT in combination with other conservative approaches such as orthotics and stretching. It is widely available in chiropractic, physical therapy, and some orthopedic offices.

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LLLT has been shown to be safe at designated doses and appears to have side effects similar to placebo (“sugar pill”) treatments.

Sources:

Tuby H1Hertzberg EMaltz LOron U. Long-term safety of low-level laser therapy at different power densities and single or multiple applications to the bone marrow in micePhotomed Laser Surg. 2013 Jun;31(6):269-73. doi: 10.1089/pho.2012.3395. Epub 2013 May 15.

Jimenez JJ1Wikramanayake TCBergfeld WHordinsky MHickman JGHamblin MRSchachner LA., Efficacy and safety of a low-level laser device in the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss: a multicenter, randomized, sham device-controlled, double-blind study. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2014 Apr;15(2):115-27. doi: 10.1007/s40257-013-0060-6.

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