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Plantar Fasciitis: In Search Of A Cure

By on May 22, 2014

There’s a new go-to treatment for people suffering pain, writes Diana Blass. For a range of aches, pains and injuries – including plantar fasciitis – increasing numbers of Americans are turning to laser treatment.

One example is Kirsten Macdonald. Laid low by plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis, who spoke positively about the experience:

So, I was really open for anything and of course my first question was does it hurt – and no it doesn’t. So, I went along with it and I was very happy I did.

At the same time, it has also emerged that Alberto Salazar – coach to runners such as Mo Farah and Galen Ruup – is also making use of lasers. In an interview with the Portland Business Journal, he reveals:

We use the lasers at the first sign of injury to limit an exaggerated inflammatory response that can delay healing and help the athlete return to training more quickly.

Other plantar fasciitis news

In other news:

  • The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has announced the results of its Today’s Podiatrist survey, reports NewsMedical. The survey measures the public’s attitudes toward foot health. And it found that 77% of Americans say they have experienced foot pain (77 percent).
  • It may be the the peskiest problem that plagues the running wounded, argues Mario Fraioli. And it’s number one in the Competitor.com list of the five most troublesome running injuries.
  • Not to be outdone, Linda Melone for Shape.com gives it star billing too – number one in the three injuries you’re most likely to get this spring.

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