The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

From Science Fiction to Science Fact: MLS Laser Therapy Zaps Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Thursday, March 7th, 2013


Plantar fasciitis is a condition that’s near and dear to my heart. I’ve been a long-time sufferer. As an avid runner and soccer player (I always wanted to be a Stanford Cardinal like Nicole Barnhart), I knew it was probably only a matter of time before my plantar fascia started acting up. I saw it in a lot of my running friends and teammates. It’s such a common injury, most of us know at least one person who has it. And sure enough, while running up a steep incline one day I suddenly felt a stabbing pain in my heel. Sigh. Ever since then I’ve been struggling to manage the injury with treatments that fall considerably short. Like most serious runners, taking a bunch of time off from running is really difficult. But I’ve done it, repeatedly. I’ve tried orthotics, wearing a night splint, regular icing, anti-inflammatories, and even cortisone shots. And they help, for a while, until I start running again and re-injure the damn thing. This is why I’m so excited about MLS laser therapy. It’s an extremely promising new treatment for plantar fascia pain.


Over the past few days we’ve been talking about some incredible, futuristic new treatments for plantar fasciitis (and other foot ailments). It’s stuff right out of science fiction: shock waves, ultrasonic rays, and now lasers. As a science fiction fanatic, sometimes I have to pinch myself. We live in amazing times. MLS laser therapy uses photons to stimulate cell growth and renewal, reduce inflammation, and speed recovery. Since inflammation is often behind pain, it reduces pain considerably after just a few sessions.



The effects of MLS laser therapy are cumulative, meaning you have to visit the doctor repeatedly over a period of time to reap the treatment’s benefits. Fortunately, most insurance will cover the treatment. It only takes about 10 minutes and your doctor can deliver the treatment in his office. The best part: this treatment is completely non-invasive. Some treatments, like surgery, narrow your future treatment options by altering the physiology of your foot. But with MLS laser therapy, if you don’t see a reduction in pain, you can still seek alternative treatments.



As a sufferer myself, I welcome a treatment that doesn’t involve sleeping in an uncomfortable boot, taking copious amounts of ibuprophen, avoiding exercise, or icing my foot every single day. If you’ve got plantar fasciitis and are interested in MLS laser therapy, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.