Treating Plantar Fasciitis with the Erchonia FX 635 Low Level Laser
Now you can relieve the pain and inflammation of the heel associated with plantar fasciitis. Our new FDA market cleared laser has been proven in clinical tests to effectively treat this painful condition. The healing powers of this low level laser technology can reduce inflammation and eliminate pain in the plantar fascia and often return people to an active life style after just a few weeks of treatment.
The FX 635 is proven to promote cellular function through painless bio-stimulation. It provides patients experiencing chronic heel pain with a non-invasive, efficacious solution to quickly improve their walking comfort and quality of life without surgery.
The “Miracle Orthotic”
Common treatments include stretching, night splints, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications and orthotics which in many cases take the pain away. For others these options are painful, difficult and simply don’t help at all.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years with people who have plantar fasciitis is a reduction in symptoms using arch supports in their shoes. This seems to work for years on some people, but eventually the pain returns and they think they need a new orthotic. But every new orthotic they try fails to give them any relief. They show me the orthotic that worked for years and it’s usually so stiff that it could survive a nuclear holocaust. Their orthotic didn’t wear out, but their foot has now developed a new, more intense, shortening along the plantar fascia of the foot that continued to worsen with the orthotic even though they didn’t have pain. These people often cannot walk at all without their shoes and orthotic. Granted these are some of the more severe cases. But the underlying, fundamental problem of their plantar fasciitis is never addressed.
What’s the Underlying Cause
Imagine a rubber band with some elasticity in it. A normal, healthy plantar fascia should be able to stretch and retract with every step. When the plantar fascia becomes inflexible you can have plantar fasciitis. This inflexibility can be different along the length of the plantar fascia so that only parts of it hurt and not along the entire length from heal to toes. Low Level Laser Therapy restores the flexibility in a very remarkable and painless way. No Surgery, No Shots…Just natural rehabilitation of the tissues.
Watch the lasers treating the foot:
New Blood Vessel growth with Low Level Laser Therapy
Many would think that simply pointing the lasers at the bottom of the heal would be the only thing needed to fix this problem. But for many, the artery at the top of the foot needs to be lasered because it has branches that go down and feed the plantar fascia. Treating the top and bottom of the foot is important. The image to the right shows neovascularization (new blood vessels) delivery blood to plantar fascial tissue in a 64 year old female with plantar fascitis. She had tried orthotics, topical analgesic, oral anti-inflammatory meds, and stretching exercises with no results. Notice the extra red areas in the after image showing new blood vessel growth into the involved area. The before shows the lack of blood flow to the area which gives a “rigor mortis” type effect to the plantar fascia. Inflexible, painful to stretch, blood deprived, unhappy tissue. Low Level Laser Therapy restored circulation to the area bringing relief. What drug, what exercise, what stretch could do that? Answer is, it cannot. Even if shoe inserts take the pain away, it’s because they limit the stretch of the plantar fascia with each step. You need the blood supply restored to get to the root of the problem.
Why Choose a Chiropractor versus a Podiatrist?
No reason. The laser does the work so go to either. It’s more based on if the lasers are available in your area. Hopefully there’s someone close.
Low-Level Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
A Prospective Study – Foot & Ankle International, February 7, 2014
James R. Jastifer, MD, Fernanda Catena, MD, Jesse F. Doty, MD, Faustin Stevens, MD, Michael J. Coughlin, MD
Plantar fasciitis affects nearly 1 million people annually in the United States. Traditional nonoperative management is successful in about 90% of patients, usually within 10 months. Chronic plantar fasciitis develops in about 10% of patients and is a difficult clinical problem to treat. A newly emerging technology, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), has demonstrated promising results for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
Thirty patients were administered LLLT and completed 12 months of follow-up. Patients were treated twice a week for 3 weeks for a total of 6 treatments and were evaluated at baseline, 2 weeks post procedure, and 6 and 12 months post procedure. Patients completed the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and Foot Function Index (FFI) at study follow-up periods.
Patients demonstrated a mean improvement in heel pain Visual Analog Scale from 67.8 out of 100 at baseline to 6.9 out of 100 at the 12-month follow-up period. Total Foot Function Index score improved from a mean of 106.2 at baseline to 32.3 at 12 months post procedure.
Although further studies are warranted, this study shows that LLLT is a promising treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.
How long does it take to notice results?
It depends. If the stiffness in your plantar fascia is due to a lack of cellular energy from Cytochrome C Oxidase problems alone or is it also due to a lack of blood vessels supplying blood to the plantar fascia. If it’s only the first one, then symptoms change quickly. If it’s both, then symptoms change slowly because it takes time for new blood vessels to grow. LLLT corrects the cellular energy problem that allows both problems to get handled. But if you’re three or four treatments into LLLT without noticing change don’t be discouraged. As you can see from the study above it took time to get results months after the last LLLT treatment.
How much does it cost?
Please call our office and ask us this question. The cost of LLLT varies a lot between different regions of the country and with different machines, etc. Our rates are very reasonable and we are the only clinic in Dane County Wisconsin that currently have Erchonia’s FX 635 that is FDA cleared for treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis.
Don’t Suffer Any Longer
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a powerful new non-surgical tool that can promote quicker and more complete healing of plantar fasciitis. Stop enduring the intense pain and foregoing your normal exercise routine in order to avoid aggravating your foot pain.
Even if LLLT is not the optimal treatment for your plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, Dr. Aberle has other methods of treating difficult cases.
To learn more, and to find out if this procedure might be right for you, contact us today.
Aberle Chiropractic Clinic
4710 East Broadway
Madison, WI 53716