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Is laser heel spur surgery available yet, and how long is the recovery?

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The low-intensity laser therapy available for heel spurs or plantar fasciitis has not shown promising results, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Open or endoscopic plantar fasciitis surgery is performed on individuals who qualify for the procedure with a recovery period of three to six weeks, WebMD reports.

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Laser heel spur therapy involves the use of low-intensity lasers to stimulate the repair of targeted areas of the plantar fascia, according to a NIH clinical trial sponsored by medical laser manufacturer Erchonia Medical. The company has endorsed the efficacy of the FDA-approved treatment, Podiatry Today reports. Despite clinical trials and studies, laser heel spur therapy is not classified as a surgical procedure, according to the NIH. Some physicians such as Dr. Michael Coughlin, Director of the Coughlin Clinic, claim that laser heel spur treatments are non-invasive and promote faster healing, Podiatry Today reports.

The accepted procedures for heel spurs are plantar fascia release surgery and the removal of the spur itself, according to WebMD. The recovery period for open, minimal or endoscopic heel spur surgery is usually six weeks with restrictions on high-impact activities such as jogging and jumping for at least 12 to 13 weeks, according to Dr. Neal M. Blitz and WebMD.

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