According to a study published online in the journal Foot & Ankle International, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may be more effective than extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in short-term pain reduction for patients with plantar fasciitis. 

Members of the research team conducted a randomized trial of 66 patients treated with either LLLT and a home exercise program (n = 24), ESWT and a home exercise program (n = 25), or home exercise program only. Over the course of 3 months of treatment, they noted significant reductions in pain for patients in all cohorts. However, patients in the LLLT group displayed significant reductions in pain after the third week, while ESWT and control patients displayed significant reductions in pain at the third month. Learn more...

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