At Hip2Toe we can assess you for therapeutic low level laser therapy. This allows us to deliver a therapy that has benefits that include:


  • It can reduce inflammation in the tissues being treated.
  • The laser therapy promotes healing in damaged tissues, including promoting nerve regeneration, increased cartilage and collagen production.
  • It is the only therapy that produces Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The laser allows hemoglobin oxidase to produce more oxygen for the mitochondria to allow more production of ATP. This leads to better healing and assists in pain reduction and reduction of acute inflammation.
  • It can be used across a wide portfolio of podiatric conditions affecting the feet, ankles, knees, hips, legs, back, shoulders, neck, and arms/hands.
  • Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis joint pain.
  • Plantar fascia tears and plantar fasciitis.
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.
  • Peripheral neuropathic pain.
  • Pain management pos-operatively. (i.e. Knee, ankle, bunion, hip surgery).
  • Scar tissue treatment post-surgery.
  • Ankle pain.
  • Shin splint pain.
  • Myofascial trigger point pain.



The number of treatments provided for different conditions will be discussed during your appointment.

Low level laser is safe, painless, gentle, with no known long-term side effects. This is a good alternative to pain relief through medicines. Low level laser therapy uses light emitting diodes and small lasers, only requiring specially prepared hygienic glasses to be worn for eye safety.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) involves the use of low level lasers and light emiting dioded(LED’s) to initiate changes in cell function and increased levels of mitochondria function (cell powerhouses) to allow better cellular function and assist in initiating cell growth and repair. Light is able to enter the cells at relatively deep tissue depths, via a primitive pathway similar to that of photosynthesis, allowing the mitochondria to create more efficient energy pathways. Laser therapy has developed over many years to the therapeutic lasers used by doctors and physicians today. We are able to carry out a full assessment of your pain experience for the condition you present with, and will design a program for your treatment sessions.

Frequently asked questions

Is laser therapy painful?

Laser therapy is not painful. Our podiatrists will carry out the laser treatment to specific areas identified as being part of your pain. This may involve injured tissues, myofascial pain caused by muscle spasm, or nerve tissue with a pathology present. The region is then given the laser treatment on a scale of time reflecting the dosage for a particular condition.

Are there any dangers with laser therapy?

A protective pair of glasses is worn both by the Podiatrist and the patient, and this is to protect the eyes from any accidental exposure to the laser beam directly, which is absolutely rare when carried out by a skilled Doctor.

When can I expect results from the laser treatment?

It does tend to depend on the severity of the condition, and on the time frame that the pain has been experienced. Sometimes relief is felt very early in the treatment. A set of 4-6 treatments is usually advised, with follow up monthly treatments for as long as they are required.

Can laser treatment be combined with other treatments?

Most certainly. We often combine dry needling or medical acupuncture at our surgery, of mobilisation of bones with massage and laser therapy. Very often a combination of treatments can help to improve the short to medium outcomes of the treatment management plan.

What is the cost of laser therapy?

We charge the same as combined physical therapy treatment now, which allows the Podiatrist to apply other physical treatments during the visit if required as well as Low level laser therapy, in order to get the most benefit out of the treatments for patients. (We have waived off $30 extra charge on top of the treatments since 2019).

Are there any contraindications for Low level laser therapy?

There are not many, and these can be discussed with the Podiatrist.

When can I start treatment?

After an initial visit to diagnose your condition or discuss findings in your medical history, we are able to commence laser therapy soon after at a time suitable to you.

If you require assessment for laser therapy please inform the receptionist when booking your initial visit. You can call our surgery immediately, or visit our website after hours to request an appointment time. If the enquiry is out of hours and may require Emergency treatment, please phone Dial a Doctor Cairns on 1300-030-030 or contact the Cairns Base Emergency Department on (07) 42260000.

   Our Address:  Suite 2, 600 Bruce Hwy Woree (Calanna Health Centre) facing Sondrio St. opposite the park