Low-level laser therapy for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis

A prospective study

James R. Jastifer, Fernanda Catena, Jesse Doty, Faustin Stevens, Michael J. Coughlin

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Abstract

Background: Plantar fasciitis affects nearly 1 million people annually in the United States. Traditional nonoperative management is successful in about 90% of patients, usually within 10 months. Chronic plantar fasciitis develops in about 10% of patients and is a difficult clinical problem to treat. A newly emerging technology, low-level laser therapy (LLLT), has demonstrated promising results for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Methods: Thirty patients were administered LLLT and completed 12 months of follow-up. Patients were treated twice a week for 3 weeks for a total of 6 treatments and were evaluated at baseline, 2 weeks post procedure, and 6 and 12 months post procedure. Patients completed the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and Foot Function Index (FFI) at study followup periods. Results: Patients demonstrated a mean improvement in heel pain VAS from 67.8 out of 100 at baseline to 6.9 out of 100 at the 12-month follow-up period. Total FFI score improved from a mean of 106.2 at baseline to 32.3 at 12 months post procedure. Conclusion: Although further studies are warranted, this study shows that LLLT is a promising treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-571
Number of pages6
JournalFoot and Ankle International
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Plantar Fasciitis
Prospective Studies
Foot
Therapeutics
Heel
Acute Pain
Pain Measurement
Visual Analog Scale
Chronic Pain
Low-Level Light Therapy
Technology

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  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Low-level laser therapy for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis : A prospective study. / Jastifer, James R.; Catena, Fernanda; Doty, Jesse; Stevens, Faustin; Coughlin, Michael J.

In: Foot and Ankle International, Vol. 35, No. 6, 01.01.2014, p. 566-571.

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Jastifer, James R. ; Catena, Fernanda ; Doty, Jesse ; Stevens, Faustin ; Coughlin, Michael J. / Low-level laser therapy for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis : A prospective study. In: Foot and Ankle International. 2014 ; Vol. 35, No. 6. pp. 566-571.
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