acute painFasciitis or plantar fasciitis is usually associated with symptoms such as inflamation, irritation and swelling of the thick tissue at the bottom of the feet - the plantar fascia, which is a band of connective tissue that runs along the sole from the heel to the ball of the foot. One of its main roles is to keep the bones and joints in position. Bruising or overstretching this ligament can cause inflammation and heel pain.

A common cause is flat feet, because the ligament is forced to overstretch as the foot spreads out and the arch flattens. The pain may be the worst in the morning or after long period of rest. In many cases, plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spur. The plantar fascia tears and bleeds at the heel and, over time, these injuries calcify and form a bony growth.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is found effective in reducing pain by reduction of inflammation and swelling, flexing the fascia and ligament, increasing blood supply and promoting healing process.

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