Plantar Fasciitis is a foot condition that includes heel pain in the Plantar Fascia. Plantar Fascia is a strong connective tissue on the sole of the foot that supports the foot arch, running across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The pain occurs at the bottom of the foot near the heel. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by inflammation, while Plantar Fasciosis is degenerative. Plantar Fasciosis includes micro-tears and cell death of the Plantar Fascia. If left untreated, Plantar Fasciosis can develop. Plantar Fasciitis is the most frequent cause of heel pain, affecting about two million people per year, and is very common in runners.
Class IV Laser Therapy benefits plantar fasciitis/fasciosis because it reduces pain, reduces inflammation and accelerates healing. It reduces pain by reducing the neuronal impulses and increasing the release of endorphins. It reduces inflammation by decreasing the inflammatory factors and reduction of edema by dilating lymphatics. It accelerates healing by increasing the blood flow, releasing cytokines and stimulating fibroblast activity and collagen production.