Precision Laser Joint and Spine Pain Center
Back, Spine, & Neck Specialist & Physical Therapy located in Glen Burnie, MD
Pain in one or both heels is often due to a condition called plantar fasciitis, where the tissues in the sole of your foot become inflamed. If you have heel pain, Precision Laser Joint and Spine Pain Center can help. At the specialized practice in Glen Burnie, Maryland, the team uses multiwave locked system (MLS®) laser therapy from ASA Laser to perform effective yet painless tissue healing. Call the office and speak to a friendly staff member to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful heel condition. It develops in the thick, fibrous band of tissue connecting your heel to your toes called the plantar fascia. Inflammation in the plantar fascia can trigger an intense pain concentrated in the bottom of your heel.
This heel pain is typically most uncomfortable after you've been resting the foot, so it can be particularly sore after a night in bed. Many people find the pain calms down after a few minutes of walking, but continued exercise causes it to return.
The pain may become so severe that walking becomes a daily challenge.
Why would I have plantar fasciitis?
The inflammation that causes plantar fasciitis pain is a result of overstraining the tissues in your plantar fascia. This type of strain is more likely to occur if you have high arches or flatfeet (dropped arches). Other factors that increase your risk of plantar fasciitis include:
- Badly-fitting footwear
- Unsupportive footwear
- Being overweight or obese
- Standing for extended periods
- Walking on hard surfaces
As with most foot problems, looking after your feet can help prevent conditions like plantar fasciitis.
What treatments do I need for plantar fasciitis?
In the early stages, most people with plantar fasciitis benefit from using self-care therapies to reduce inflammation and encourage healing.
Ice packs and cooling gels are a safe way of applying cold therapy, which is an effective initial treatment. You should also avoid the causes of plantar fasciitis by wearing supportive, well-fitting shoes and avoiding going barefoot.
If your weight is putting excessive pressure on your feet, weight loss might be necessary. You should also make sure you rest your feet regularly. Arch supports or orthotic insoles can also be very effective in relieving heel pain.
If these measures aren't working for you, the Precision Laser Joint and Spine Pain Center team offers multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy — an innovative solution to treating plantar fasciitis.
How does MLS laser therapy help with plantar fasciitis?
MLS laser therapy from ASA Laser is a painless, non-invasive, and safe way of helping the tissues in your plantar fascia heal. The light energy from the laser works by:
- Stimulating toxin removal
- Encouraging oxygen and nutrients to the area
- Blocking pain signals to your brain
- Releasing natural painkillers like endorphins and encephalin
- Increasing cell growth
- Accelerating the healing process
- Stimulating the mitochondria in your cells
To find out how MLS laser therapy can help treat your plantar fasciitis, call Precision Laser Joint and Spine Pain Center today or book an appointment online.