Low Level Laser Therapy uses a selected wavelength of light and delivers it deep into the tissues to achieve a reduction in pain and possibly a stimulation of the healing process. The exact mechanism is not completely understood. In different studies anti-inflammatory effects have been demonstrated, increased fibrolast activity (for wound healing) and reductions of nerve fiber activity (immediate pain relief) are among the findings. The lack of side effects makes it an excellent alternative to injections, steroids and NSAIDs.
LLLT is painless and has been reported free from adverse side effects, however retinal damage can be caused if the laser is accidentally pointed directly into the eye. For this reason protective eyeglasses must always be worn when the laser is operating. LLLT should not be applied over cancerous lesions or tattoos.
There are a number of practical applications for Podiatry. Plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, neuroma and a variety of sports injuries including sprains and muscle injuries are among the more common. The procedure is not lengthly and a number of patients have reported some relief with their first session.