Did you know that nearly half of all the sensory information transmitted to your brain originates in your feet? With this vast amount of stimuli, the feet-to-brain relationship leads to dynamic things such as stability, strength, safety, focus, and clarity about where we are in space–all important to provide calm, certainty, and security throughout our lives.
When it comes to achieving your mind-body balance it’s important to recognize your feet are a vital corner stone to total well being.
As we age problems in the body can show up in the feet. Diabetes is a huge one, then there’s nerve damage such as peripheral neuropathy and circulatory decline called Peripheral Arterial Disease, Heel Pain (Plantar fasciitis) arthritis, and arch problems to name a few.
LLLT or Photobiomodulation Therapy has become a Game Changer in the treatment of many of these foot ailments. LLLT has been widely used by clinicians for a number of years and, ndue to advances in technology, is now available in devices for home use. These new home use therapy units are very effective, offer ultimate convenience and considerable cost savings to the patient compared to visiting a clinic several times a month.
What is LLLT / Photobiomodulation Therapy?
LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy), Red Light Therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term, is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain.
Let’s take a look at the two most common foot ailments – the cause- the symptoms and the benefits of LLLT – Red Light Therapy
Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.
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Low level laser therapy (LLLT) offers a quick, painless, non-invasive, side-effect free alternative to relieve the debilitating pain of plantar fasciitis. When applied to injuries and lesions, low level laser light has been shown to stimulate healing and reduce pain by accelerating the speed, quality and strength of tissue repair and the reduction of inflammation. Laser therapy has been found to be particularly effective over other standard therapies in relieving pain and other symptoms associated with chronic problems and injuries as it impacts the complete system of targeted muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, bone, nerve, and dermal tissues.
Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body.
Peripheral neuropathy has a prevalence of 2.4 percent in the general population and a prevalence of 30 to 50 percent in individuals with diabetes.
Neuropathy can have serious detrimental effects on a patient’s quality of life. Patients with diabetic neuropathy have a 1.7-fold greater risk of amputation and a 25 to 50 percent higher mortality rate in comparison to those diabetic patients without neuropathy.
Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. The peripheral nerves also send sensory information to the central nervous system.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.
People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling.
One of the latest developments of a Red Light Therapy product comes from DPL , a global leader in LLLT therapy devices. Specifically designed for treatment of the feet the “Foot Pain Relief Slippers”
I have terrible foot pain from Morton’s neuromas and neuropathy. I’ve been using this product less than two weeks and I’m already taking less pain medication. In fact, I noticed a lessening of pain within the first two days. Placebo effect isn’t an issue with me; I’ve spent thousands of dollars on stuff that doesn’t work and didn’t have high hopes for this one. Desperation made me take the chance. I think this is well worth the cost based on how much less pain I have and fewer meds I’m taking.
Helped with my neuropathy
October 19, 2018
I recently got diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy, and was looking for anything that would give me a little relief. These do the job, but the pain relief isn’t permanent, only temporary. But I’ll happily take whatever relief from the pain that I can.
My husband and I both have flareups of plantar fasciitis (PF) from time to time. I’d been walking for exercise which helped, but using these “slides” was the missing step that now helps me live without the pain. Being able to just stand on my feet and go without having to hobble for a few minutes first has been a real joy. I can even do stairs now without doing a flat footed crab walk up and down the steps – you PF sufferers know what I mean!
My hubby only recently started using them and gained instant relief especially after he’s had a long day on his feet. They help to increase blood flow to your feet which I have found helps with minor foot injuries when I’ve overworked my toe joints.
What is LLLT / Photobiomodulation Therapy?
LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term, is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain
Light therapy, by a licensed healthcare provider, is typically given for a minimum of three times a week for 8-12 weeks. This time frame is due to the overall patient load at a clinic or the logistics of getting patients from their residence to a clinic. If treatments can be given more frequently [4-5 times a week] blood flow often improves more quickly and positive outcomes are seen in less time.
Improving blood flow lessens what is known as “ischemic” pain and helps nerves to begin to carry sensations again. Remember, sensory loss due to poor blood flow to nerves is a symptom of peripheral neuropathy
Scientific evidence shows that IR light triggers the release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and from red blood cells at the site of treatment. Nitric oxide causeslocal vasodilation that lasts several hours after the treatments cease. Vasodilation improves blood flow and is useful in patients whose peripheral neuropathy is due to poor blood flow.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a part of medical devices that emit near infrared (IR) light or light of various colors (polychromatic). Unlike blue, red or yellow light, IR light is invisible to the human eye. The IR light has been reported in the scientific literature to dilate blood vessels at the site of treatment.