115.jpegCold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive treatment option that uses specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain to help eliminate pain, and swelling, reduce spasms, and increase functionality.

When conservative treatments such as rest, physical therapy, and medication fail to alleviate foot pain, Cold Laser Therapy at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists may be a viable option. This treatment has been growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and minimal side effects.

Book An Appointment

How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?

Cold laser therapy works by stimulating the body's natural healing process. The light emitted from the laser penetrates deep into tissue, targeting damaged cells and promoting cell repair and regeneration. It also increases blood flow to the affected area, bringing in more oxygen and nutrients that are essential for healing.


LLLT has a number of key benefits. This treatment:

  • Is a non-invasive and painless treatment option.
  • Has no known side effects or risk of addiction.
  • Can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy, for enhanced results.
  • Is fast (usually 10-15 minutes per session) with no downtime or recovery period.
  • Can provide long-lasting relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Helps promote tissue repair and regeneration, leading to faster healing.
  • Can improve post-operative pain and scar tissue.
  • Can speed up recovery from almost any foot & ankle injury to get you back to activity faster.

Conditions Treated

Pain reduction is the primary goal of cold laser therapy, making it an effective treatment option for acute and chronic pain management. Some of the conditions that can be treated with cold laser therapy include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: This is a common cause of moderate to severe heel pain, and cold laser therapy can help reduce inflammation and promote healing in the damaged tissues.
  • Tendonitis: LLLT can help reduce pain and inflammation in conditions such as Achilles tendinitis, posterior tibial tendinitis, and peroneal tendinitis.
  • Foot and Ankle Arthritis: Cold laser therapy effectively reduces pain and improves the range of motion in patients with arthritis.
  • Neuropathy: This nerve disorder can cause burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet. Cold laser therapy can help reduce these symptoms and improve nerve function.
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains: Cold laser therapy can help heal the damaged muscles and ligaments in the feet and ankles.
  • Bursitis: This condition involves the inflammation of fluid-filled sacs called bursae, which cushion and lubricate joints. Cold laser therapy can help reduce pain and swelling in these areas.

What Does a Cold Laser Therapy Session Involve?

A cold laser therapy session is a quick and painless procedure for foot pain management. The treatment is performed in-office by a trained foot and ankle pain specialist, and the procedure typically involves the following steps:

  • Initial Evaluation: Our trained and experienced podiatrists will assess the foot and ankle for suitability for cold laser treatment.
  • Preparation: The target area is exposed and cleaned if necessary.
  • Treatment: The provider will apply a handheld laser device to your skin over the affected area.
  • Duration: Each session lasts just a few minutes, during which the cold laser emits controlled light that's absorbed by your tissue.

Is Cold Laser Therapy Right for You?

Cold laser therapy is an effective treatment option for many patients, but it may not be suitable for everyone. It's always best to consult with a medical professional before starting any new treatment plan. Our team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists can evaluate your condition and determine if cold laser therapy is the right choice for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Experience Relief with Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy can be a helpful and non-invasive treatment option for those suffering from foot and ankle pain. Its ability to stimulate the body's natural healing process and provide long-lasting pain relief makes it a popular choice among patients.

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain that does not respond to traditional treatments, consider consulting with our podiatrist at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists to see if cold laser therapy is the right choice for you. With this innovative treatment, you can get back on your feet and resume your daily activities with reduced pain and discomfort.

Contact us today at 847-639-5800 or book your consultation here to learn more about cold laser therapy and how it can help you find relief from foot and ankle pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cold laser therapy safe?

Yes, cold laser therapy is considered a safe and non-invasive treatment option for various foot and ankle conditions. Our team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists can evaluate your medical history and determine if cold laser therapy is the right treatment option for you.

How many treatments are needed for optimal results?

The number of sessions required varies depending on the condition being treated and its severity. Typically, a series of 6-10 treatments may be recommended for chronic conditions or injuries. Acute pain, on the other hand, is usually resolved in just one or two sessions.

Is cold laser therapy covered by insurance?

Some insurance plans may cover cold laser therapy, but it's best to check with your provider beforehand. Our team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists can also assist you in determining coverage and payment options.

Book An Appointment