Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment option that can be used for certain foot or ankle ailments. It is sometimes also referred to as “cold” laser therapy, as the laser’s application in this context produces no heat. The goal of low level laser is to promote the body’s natural healing response in acute and chronic injuries. When it comes to the feet, LLLT is most often used for conditions like Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.
As LLLT is non-invasive, it poses as a low-risk option to be used in conjunction with ongoing treatment for common injuries encountered in the feet. Low-intensity light from the laser produces a photochemical effect rather than thermal. This photochemical effect stimulates the mitochondria in cells, increasing growth factors. This stimulation in turn promotes the creation of new blood vessels and vascularization, and bumps up the production of collagen, which is needed in the structure of skin and other tissues. All this serves to increase blood flow and regrowth to injuries and wounds, thereby speeding up the body’s healing process. LLLT has also been shown to have properties that provide some pain relief as well.
Overall, low-level laser therapy can be a helpful and low-risk addition to your existing treatment plan when it comes to soft tissue injuries.
Our Hamilton, Richmond Hill and Vaughan locations all offer LLLT. Visit our locations page to contact them directly to book an appointment.