What is the role of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in the treatment of plantar heel pain?

Updated: Oct 01, 2018
  • Author: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas C Dowd, MD  more...
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Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has demonstrated some early promising results for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Jastifer et al reported on a study of 30 patients who received LLLT and completed 12 months of follow-up. [46] Patients were treated twice a week for 3 weeks for a total of six treatments. Patients demonstrated a mean improvement in heel pain VAS from 67.8 of 100 at baseline to 6.9 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.


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