Cold Laser

Otherwise known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), cold laser therapy has been the subject of numerous studies with over 3,500 scientific papers published worldwide, and has been used in Europe for more than 35 years. This treatment has recently gained popularity in North America, especially among elite athletes. There have been no reported side effects to cold laser therapy treatments, which have treated such conditions as:

  • nerve pain
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • joint pain of the heel, ankle, midfoot, calf, balls of feet and toes
  • plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and arch pain
  • tendonitis, including Achilles tendonitis
  • arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • bunion pain
  • sports pain
  • bursitis
  • fibromyalgia
  • strains and sprains


In a study involving over 4,000 subjects who had suffered from conditions such as degenerative arthritis, muscle pain, tendonitis and tension myalgia, more than 80 percent of the subjects found a marked lessening of their symptoms following cold laser therapy treatment. In a survey of 116 Irish physiotherapists, cold laser therapy was ranked first for effectiveness when compared to other common treatment methods for use in pain relief and wound healing.

Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless and safe. It has no long term adverse side effects, and the lasers do not generate any perceivable heat. Most people feel nothing at all, while a few may feel slight tingling during treatment. It’s important to realize that cold laser therapy is not a cure-all for all foot and ankle conditions, and each patient will respond differently to treatment. The benefits of cold laser therapy are:

  • stimulates healing and tissue repair
  • increases tissue strength
  • reduces pain as a result of increased endorphin release
  • reduces swelling and inflammation
  • promotes faster wound healing
  • stimulates nerve function
  • reduces nerve pain (shockwave therapy does not)
  • promotes cellular oxygenation and detoxification
  • increases ATP and activates enzymes in the targeted cells
  • increases growth factor response within the cells and tissue as a result of increased ATP and protein synthesis
  • strengthens the immune system response by increasing levels of lymphocyte activity

For more information on cold laser therapy and how it can help you with your foot or ankle conditions, please contact our chiropodist/foot care specialist at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre today.

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