How IPL Can Treat Your Plantar Fasciitis

If you suffer from chronic heel pain, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most common types of foot pain in adults, and plantar fasciitis is often the cause of this heel discomfort. Fortunately, you can get relief from plantar fasciitis pain with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

At A Body Renaissance in Santaquin, Utah, our skilled nurse practitioner, Jennifer Trinidad, DNP, offers cutting-edge, nonpharmaceutical, noninvasive treatments to alleviate acute and chronic heel pain. She uses the Harmony Lite Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser for near-infrared treatments that offer the same benefits as a deep tissue massage.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms

First, here’s a quick synopsis of the condition called plantar fasciitis. Stabbing heel pain when you first get out of bed in the morning is a telltale sign of plantar fasciitis. This common foot condition occurs when your plantar fascia — the thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot — becomes inflamed. 

While plantar fasciitis is common among runners, if you’re overweight or wear unsupportive shoes, you may also experience acute or chronic heel pain. Studies indicate that IPL therapy is an effective way to alleviate plantar fasciitis symptoms.

How IPL works on connective tissue

Intense pulsed light treatments send light waves at various frequencies into your muscles and soft tissue. When Jennifer uses the Harmony Lite IPL laser to treat plantar fasciitis, she directs the light energy at your foot for about 15 minutes at a time. The IPL promotes increased blood flow, lymph flow, and muscle relaxation in the area. 

Jennifer customizes the number of treatments based on your individual needs. The effects of IPL on your plantar fascia promote healing of the band so you get relief from pain. You can support and enhance these benefits by also making lifestyle changes, such as:

For many people, replacing a high-impact activity that involves running or jumping with a low-impact activity allows time for your plantar fascia to heal and restore itself. 

Can you benefit from IPL for plantar fasciitis?

If you’re looking for a natural, noninvasive way to relieve heel pain, IPL treatments may be an ideal solution. You feel a warming sensation during the procedure, but IPL treatments are a painless way to treat plantar fasciitis. Jennifer sets the laser pulse strength to your comfort level. 

Jennifer recommends several consecutive treatment sessions based on your condition. Many people get relief after 5-7 treatments. 

Plantar fasciitis doesn’t typically go away on its own. It’s best to make some lifestyle changes and treat the condition. IPL treatments can speed your recovery time and provide long-term relief from foot pain. 

Are you ready to learn how you can benefit from IPL therapy? Schedule a consultation today by phone at 385-217-9076 or through our online booking tool.

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