What Heel Pain Conditions Can Laser Therapy Treat?
MLS laser therapy is particularly effective in treating soft tissue injuries. This includes damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues.
Most of the causes of heel pain have a basis in soft tissue injury, so laser therapy may be an effective recommendation for many of them. A few common examples include:
- Plantar Fasciitis is a very common condition in which aggravation and small tears develop in the thick band of tissue running along the underside of the foot. A frequent cause of heel pain when getting out of bed in the morning.
- Achilles Tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon that often causes pain in the back of the heel or just above it.
- Heel Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) located between the heel bone and Achilles tendon.
As previously mentioned, nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) can sometimes be a cause of pain within or around the heel as well. MLS laser therapy can help relieve nerve pain and, in some cases, restore better nerve function.
A source of heel pain does not necessarily have to be recent to benefit from laser therapy. Where it can accelerate ongoing healing, it also has the potential to “restart” healing that has often lapsed and resulted in chronic pain.
With all this in mind, it is important to note that laser therapy is not recommended for every case that fits any of the above criteria. Other, more conservative forms of treatment may be preferable based on each specific condition and the patient’s needs surrounding them. We might recommend stretching regimens, changes in footwear and lifestyle, or custom orthotics, for example – but it is also possible that laser therapy may be recommended in addition to other methods.
What to Expect from MLS Laser Treatment Sessions for Heel Pain
MLS laser therapy is typically not a “one and done” form of treatment. It often requires a series of sessions for the best results. These sessions may be scheduled over weeks or months, depending on the condition being treated and the progress of results.
Each laser therapy session lasts about 10-20 minutes. You will not need to prepare in any way beforehand, nor require any aftercare following. You can continue with your day completely as normal.
During each session, we will apply the laser energy to the area or areas in need. You should not expect any pain from this – the MLS lasers do not provide heat, burn or damage tissue. Many patients report nothing more than a slight warming sensation. If you do happen to feel any discomfort for any reason, though, please tell us right away. We always want to ensure your greatest comfort.
While multiple sessions are usually required for best results, many patients will start feeling noticeable improvements after the first or second session. These positive results tend to stack and increase as more sessions are completed, and we will monitor your progress throughout treatment to make any adjustments as necessary.