There are many great aspects to working in the medical field, and being able to help patients overcome pain and return to favorite activities is certainly at the top of the list. Educating patients so they can prevent problems from developing in the first place is up there as well.
Something else that makes the list is the excitement of seeing continual technological advances and innovations made in the field of medicine.
Sure, there are many other occupations that benefit from new, innovative technologies, but some of the most impressive ones are used to help restore people back to health. We could cite numerous examples of this, including MLS laser therapy – which we are proud to offer at Associates in Podiatry.
What is MLS laser therapy?
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy is a revolutionary treatment option for soft tissue injuries in the lower limbs.
More specifically, our MLS laser is a device that produces concentrated light energy (the laser) of specific wavelengths that is able to travel through outer layers of body tissue—without the need for surgical incision—and reach an internal injury site.
Once at the damaged tissue, the energy from the laser immediately starts stimulating and accelerating natural anti-inflammatory responses at the cellular level. These responses would happen naturally on their own – but the laser energy starts it much sooner and enables faster healing.
In addition to enhanced cellular activity, MLS laser treatment is also shown to improve vascular activity to an injured area. This means your hard-working cells receive greater quantities of the nutrients they need to do their job.
What are the advantages of using a laser to treat foot pain?
We just noted a couple of the benefits of laser therapy, but let’s look a little closer at some of the advantages of this medical technology:
- Faster tissue repair. How does laser treatment contribute to faster injury repair? Well, cells in the damaged tissue absorb the laser’s photon energy. This triggers activity in cells so they start to regenerate and ultimately replace injured tissue.
- Heightened metabolic activity. Increased blood flow brings additional nutrients and oxygen, but the laser impacts cellular metabolism – which means cells are able to both absorb and use this nourishment in a more efficient manner.
- Improved immune function. Lymphocytes and immunoglobulins are essential components of the immune system, and both are stimulated by laser energy.
- No need for surgery. We touched on this briefly, but laser therapy is a noninvasive treatment option. Not only is there no surgery entailed with it, we can sometimes use it in place of surgical intervention.
Those are certainly all outstanding benefits from this technology, so people will sometimes wonder if this is safe. We are happy to report that laser therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – which is actually the federal agency tasked with ensuring the safety of all medical equipment. (It is illegal to produce medical equipment without the seal of approval from the FDA.)
Further, laser therapy is also quick and painless. A session typically takes less than twenty minutes and some patients only report a slight warming sensation.
Whereas medical treatments might come with a risk for side effects, there are no known side effects of MLS laser treatment.
Which injuries and conditions benefit from MLS laser treatment?
This is a versatile treatment option, one that can be used to relieve pain and obviously improve healing processes. With that said, we use our MLS laser to address soft tissue injuries (those relating to muscles and connective tissues).
Your feet have over 100 different soft tissues, and they also endure tremendous amounts of physical force – even from just walking. As such, there are many kinds of soft tissue injuries that can be sustained.
Some of the most common ones we treat with laser therapy include plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bursitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other tendon injuries.
It is important to note that we can use this advanced treatment for both acute and chronic conditions. In the case of acute injuries, we may only need to use a single treatment phase. Chronic conditions, on the other hand, usually require a series of regular treatment sessions – during which the results are cumulative (building up over time).
Advanced Foot and Ankle Treatment at Associates in Podiatry
If your life is being disrupted by foot or ankle pain—and you’ve been unable to find the right solution—come see us. Our MLS laser therapy could very well be what you need.
Your journey to relief from foot and ankle pain starts at Associates in Podiatry – so connect with us today!
Either call us at (609) 924-8333 to reach our Princeton office, (908) 687-5757 to reach our Roselle Park office, or simply take advantage of our online form and request your appointment right now.