New York news channel NY1 recently reported on a new therapy to treat foot pain that’s more often used in medical spas than podiatry offices. Researcher and podiatric surgeon Suzanne Levine tested the use of infrared therapy – which is commonly used to firm skin – to alleviate discomfort stemming from inflammatory foot problems.
In a study, Levine and her team discovered that multiple low-intensity infrared treatments were significantly beneficial for people with foot and ankle pain, with individuals reporting a 40 percent to complete alleviation of foot pain.
Levine said she and her colleagues got the idea to test the technology after observing that some patients had reduced jaw pain following light treatment for aging skin.
“And just with that one, clear, significant pain improvement in addition to skin tightening, we thought at the same time, ‘Why not try this and help in healing any type of inflammatory condition?” Levine said, quoted by the news source.
According to HealthGrades.com, bunions are commonly associated with inflammation, suggesting that infrared therapy may be helpful to people with the condition. However, this kind of off-label use for the technology has not yet become widespread.