Plantar Fasciitis can be a runners’ worst nightmare. When avid runners continue to increase their running schedules to run marathons or just add more time onto the run, the foot can take the brunt of that new schedule and sometimes break down the fascia in the bottom of the foot located in the arch. The fascia can tear which is very painful and does not allow the runner to continue doing what they love. The ligament and fascia in the bottom of the foot tear from the impact of running. Usually the only remedy for such an injury is surgery, wherein they cut the torn area and sew it back together, and with time (usually months) the ligament and fascia will heal back up. Most people are in a boot or soft cast after surgery and many will never be able to run again like they had before.
This can be devastating for the serious runner. Laser therapy can help to heal the fascia before a tear occurs or after a tear occurs to repair any damage caused by the pressure of running. The laser removes any damaged tissue out of the way and brings in oxygen and blood flow for fast healing. This is very important because there is not a lot of blood flow in the bottom of the foot and therefore can make healing times longer. The laser can speed up the healing process no matter what stage the damage is at.
Time is important for the runner as well. They must train for a specific timeframe to be ready for the run. With an injury it can impair their ability to train and get ready. Laser can keep them on track with their training schedules.