Your feet take you to the places you want to go, and this means foot pain can keep you away from your favorite activities. Fortunately, we have technological tools—like the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser—that can help you find the relief you need.
Technology is used, of course, in virtually any professional field – and especially in our field of medicine.
The medical community continually produces some of the most impressive technological advances as we find new and innovative ways to diagnose, treat, and even prevent health issues from developing in the first place.
One technological advancement we are quite proud to offer at Associates in Podiatry is our state-of-the-art MLS laser therapy.
Lasers may once have only been a key fixture in sci-fi stories, but we are at the point now where they have been used for many years in numerous fields and industries. Now, you might think about them being used in conjunction with cutting (in manufacturing or as a surgical tool) or reading information (say, on a barcode at the grocery store), but our MLS laser therapy can help you overcome foot and ankle pain.
If you have painful symptoms from soft tissue injuries like strains, sprains, or other injuries that cause inflammation, this is a potential treatment we might recommend. Whether or not we do will depend, naturally, on an array of factors—every patient has a unique situation, after all—but laser therapy helps treat conditions responsible for pain, discomfort, and impairing your ability to perform favorite activities.
So what exactly is MLS laser therapy?
Put simply, this is a noninvasive (no surgery!) technique for treating certain strains, sprains, and even general inflammation. Treatment capitalizes on energy produced by concentrated levels of light (lasers) to promote pain relief and soft tissue healing.
During MLS laser treatment sessions, the laser’s energy penetrates deeply into your soft tissue and reaches damaged cells at the injury site. Once there, this energy stimulates natural healing processes by speeding up cellular reproduction and growth.
This advanced treatment option is particularly effective for soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons – all of which are found in great abundance in feet and are frequently affected by sports injuries.
The specific light wavelengths produced by the MLS laser initiate strong anti-inflammatory responses by the cells in these tissues. These cellular responses are essential for reducing swelling and pain.
When our doctors use this advanced therapy, they start by outlining the area being treated, and then the laser is applied to the appropriate location in a rhythmic manner. We calibrate our laser precisely to deliver energy in predetermined pulses, wavelengths, therapeutic dosages, and durations.
The precise synchronization and continuous laser emissions continue during your session to provide an effective therapeutic effect by triggering the aforementioned cellular responses. You may not be able to physically see the MLS laser working while it quickly restores your damaged cells back to an optimal condition, but you will feel the result.
What does MLS laser treat?
Now that you have a general understanding of how this technology works, let’s take a closer look at some specific injuries and conditions laser therapy is used to treat.
Both chronic and acute conditions can benefit from the use of MLS. Typically, patients with chronic issues tend to experience continued improvement during the course of regular treatment sessions, particularly because the results are cumulative (they build up over time).
Conversely, acute conditions are more likely to only require a singular phase of treatment. Of course, our doctors will determine what kind of program they think is the right one, and then discuss your options with you.
MLS treatment is a tool we use to manage an array of foot and ankle pain sources, including Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, diabetic neuropathy, and even arthritic conditions. Laser therapy can also be used as an integral part of treatment plans to address sports injuries and wounds.
Some of the top benefits of MLS treatment include:
- Accelerated cellular growth and tissue repair. Cells absorb the photon energy, which results in faster growth and repair for our patients.
- Improved immune function. Laser light stimulates immunoglobulins and lymphocytes, both of which are essential components of your immune system.
- Improved vascular activity. The formation of new capillaries is particularly beneficial because this speeds up your healing process, reduces scar tissue, and closes wounds more quickly, thereby reducing your risk of potential infection.
- Increased metabolic activity. Not only do damaged cells receive greater quantities of nutrients, oxygen, and water from the enhanced blood circulation, they are also able to take in and use the nourishment more efficiently.
As if faster healing, reduced pain, and improved blood flow aren’t enough, laser therapy is both painless and proven to be completely safe – it’s approved by the U.S. FDA (the governmental regulatory agency responsible for ensuring the safety of all medical devices).
Whereas some medications for certain conditions come with undesired side effects, there are no such known issues with MLS laser therapy. Most patients who undergo treatment sessions—an average session time is less than twenty minutes—report having no pain. Additionally, you will find that this treatment contributes to reduced frequency and muscles spasms in the area.
If you have pain in your foot and ankle and are not finding appropriate relief from conservative treatment, our MLS laser treatment may be able to greatly improve your situation!
Contact us today for more information—or to request your appointment—by calling our Princeton office at (609) 924-8333 or our Roselle Park office at (908) 687-5757. If you’d prefer, connect with us online and schedule your office visit right now!