Therapeutic LASER is also known as ‘cold LASER’ or ‘Low-Level LASER’ therapy. LASER stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Because it is such a mouthful, we will always refer to it as LASER.
Therapeutic LASER is a useful clinical tool in Podiatry as it helps to reduce pain and promote the healing of tissue. It is painless and non-invasive. The science behind LASER therapy is based on blocking pain nerves in the immediate area of application, increasing blood flow to the area and reducing inflammation in and around the area. LASER stimulates healing at a cellular level. To do this, the LASER emits light particles called photons which are converted into energy which the body cells then use in the tissues to aid healing.
LASER can be useful in treating several issues encountered at the foot and leg level including but not limited to:
- Sporting injuries
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Heel pain