The Liebell Clinic: Chronic Pain & Wellness Solutions

Natural & holistic, whole-person, wellness-based Healthcare - Drug-Free & Non-Surgical Pain Relief


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The Modern Physicians'

Approach to Plantar Fasciitis 

​(Heel & Foot Pain) 

   By Dr. Donald Liebell

        If you've been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis by your family physician, podiatrist or other health professional... but treatment has not gotten rid of the pain... and you desperately want to avoid surgery... this will be the most important article you've ever read.

    Here's what it's all about.  

    There can be various causes of heel pain.  It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause, so you can get the best treatments available.  For generations people who suffered with chronic heel pain were diagnosed by doctors as having "heel spurs."  


   Recent medical research has proven that those nasty little bone spurs are often NOT the culprit!  

   It turns out that heel pain is more frequently the result of tension and swelling of the soft tissues that surround and connect to the heel (even if there's a visible bony spur seen on x-ray).  This is called Plantar Fasciitis.  The term, plantar means the bottom of the foot.  Fasciitis refers to inflammation of the fascia -  the various connective tissues.

    This soft tissue cause of heel pain was a huge revelation in diagnosis.  

Sadly, it doesn't seem like this was a sufficient discovery because conventional

 treatment appears to still be less than satisfactory.  

   But there's new hope: 

    The inside secre… known by relatively few enlightened doctors about the

incredibly effective FDA-cleared treatment technology: Cold Laser Therapy.  

   This highly sophisticated, non-surgical technology could be the answer you've

been looking for... even if your problem has been around for many years.  

This cutting edge medical technology is NOT the hot cutting surgical kind of laser.

    American manufacturer, Erchonia Medical gained FDA approval for the

non-surgical treatment of the chronic pain using low-level light therapy, known as

the cold laser.  It has been working wonders with heel and foot pain, commonly

diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis.    

    Cold Laser Therapy has been widely used by team doctors for the National Football League, and other elite athletes.  Any way you slice it, having foot and heel pain is nothing to sneeze at.It can be debilitating to the point that you can’t even perform the most basic activities of daily life, which you’d normally take for granted. 

   But foot problems frequently have nothing to do with your bones.  They’re about the SOFT tissues—the muscles, ligaments and the tendons.  A foot problem may even be caused by a nerve problem coming from your back (an area often ignored).  There are several conditions which cause foot pain and stiffness.  Any of these can result in abnormal walking patterns, which in turn cause knee, hip and back problems.  

    If you’ve been limping around to keep off the bad foot, favoring one side of your body often causes other areas to hurt without you even realizing it.  It’s called COMPENSATION.  That means shifting your body weight to take the pressure off your aching foot by leaning more of your weight on the other.  This can slowly create muscle imbalances throughout your body—your back in particular.  Plus, compensation can work the other way around; your doctor must consider that a back, hip or knee problem could actually be the reason your foot went bad in the first place!

   This is why it’s so important to get treatment that can get rid of pain…AND…restore function.  Treatment designed to improve your body’s skeletal structural balance, as well as foot mobility…that doesn’t make you hurt worse. 

   The odds are great that you can begin your road to recovery today. Thanks to this innovative and scientific breakthrough known as Cold Laser Therapy.  Soon you may be free from the shackles of foot pain.  

   Cold Laser Therapy just might be the answer you’re looking for.  Here is the best part:  Cold Laser Therapy is totally painless and only takes a few minutes with each treatment session.

  In addition to cold laser therapy, manual mobilization of foot joints, calve stretching techniques, and Kinesio-Tape are extremely effective for people suffering plantar fasciitis.  

-Dr. Donald Liebell 

​Donald K. Liebell, DC, BCAO

477 Viking Drive Suite 170

Virginia Beach VA 23452 
8:30AM - 6:30PM M,W,F 

(By Appointment Tu, Sat)