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Painless Treatment for Relief of Foot Pain!

  June 02, 2017
By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, P.C.

Did you know that most patients deal with foot pain for over six months before seeking treatment? It always amazes me that people would choose to be in pain for that long rather than make an appointment to see a podiatrist — especially when the treatment for most types of foot pain is often quite simple, yet very effective, sometimes providing relief immediately.

Pain in the foot is caused by inflammation of tendons or ligaments in the foot, heel, or ankle. The most common type of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, is in the heel. Pain can also be caused by conditions such as shin splints, sprains, Achilles tendonitis, and neuropathy. The critical step in addressing your foot pain is to decrease the inflammation to either the ligament or the tendon that is bothering you.

Inflammation associated with foot pain can be treated with a variety of modalities including the following:
  • Biofreeze  
  • Foot roller
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications (steroidal and non-steroidal)
  • Physical therapy
  • Laser
The newest technology for pain relief is laser therapy. Do not confuse this type of laser therapy with surgical lasers that cut into tissue.

Laser therapy is a painless procedure that decreases pain by utilizing specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infared) to deeply penetrate the inflamed tissue, break up inflammation, and also break up scar adhesions. The procedure allows white blood cells to come back in and circulate to actively repair problems! 

Laser therapy is the fastest and most innovative treatment option for foot and heel pain. This technology is more effective than any other modality currently available! Following are some of the benefits of laser treatment:
  • It is a quick, painless, in-office procedure.
  • It is an alternative to prescription oral medication.
  • It is a safe and effective treatment.
  • It has no side-effects and no down time.
Patients who have a marked clinical (we can see it on ultrasound!) improvement in their inflammation heal faster and more completely.

Patients often feel relief after just one treatment, but a series of treatments is usually recommended for permanent healing. We want to make sure that your pain is at least 50 percent improved after one to two weeks of laser treatment

So, what are you waiting for? If you have foot pain, don’t suffer for months on end when fast, effective pain relief is available with laser therapy.

For more information on any type of foot or ankle problem, you may contact Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates at 309-661-9975 or visit them online at They are located at 10 Heartland Dr. in Bloomington.

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