Lasers have proven themselves to be extremely useful in a wide range of areas, to the point they’ve become commonplace. In spite of this, something that still amazes people is how we use lasers to help treat foot and ankle pain.
Whereas it is a bit amazing that lasers are so effective in this regard, it certainly isn’t magic. That’s good news for those who are interested in learning how a laser can relieve painful symptoms in their lower extremities. Magicians may not give away their secrets, but we have no problem “pulling back the curtain” and explaining this for you!
We use multi-wave locked system (MLS) laser therapy for patients who are suffering from pain from common conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. In addition to pain relief, patients also benefit from enhanced healing in the damaged soft tissues.
During an MLS laser therapy session, concentrated light energy is carefully calibrated to penetrate through outer layers of body tissue and reach down to damaged cells. Once at the site of the injury, the energy serves to stimulate natural healing processes at the cellular level. This is achieved by accelerated rejuvenation, production, and cell growth, along with improved circulation (which supplies oxygen and much-needed nutrients for the recovering cells).
Laser therapy, as noted is particularly effective in treating soft tissues—like tendons and ligaments—found in great abundance in the lower body. These soft tissues are commonly affected by injury and can become inflamed. The specific wavelengths of laser light used in the process can trigger anti-inflammatory responses in the cells, which is how the therapy is able to relieve pain and reduce swelling in the area.
To achieve optimal benefits, the laser is precisely calibrated for predetermined pulses, wavelengths, durations, and therapeutic dosages to be delivered to the damaged tissue.
This advanced treatment contributes to faster healing times, but we have even better news – MLS laser therapy is virtually painless and has no side known side effects. Further, the equipment and process is approved by the U.S. FDA (which is responsible for ensuring the safety of medical equipment for human use).
The average session time is less than fifteen minutes and you can leave the office when you are done and proceed with your usual daily activities.
For more information on laser therapy and how we use it to relieve foot and ankle pain—or to request your appointment with our Centerville office—simply give Sunshein Podiatry Associates a call today at (937) 435-7477 or fill out our online form.