Is MLS Laser Therapy Right for Your Foot or Ankle Trouble?
There is more than one form of treatment for just about every foot or ankle problem out there. Determining the best course of action for each patient means understanding both the underlying factors of their condition and how it is affecting their life.
That said, the more options we have for treatment, the better we can accommodate the wide range of patients who come through our doors. That is why we’re proud to offer advanced treatments such as Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy.
Now, MLS laser therapy will not necessarily be the go-to method of treatment for everyone, but it may be a good recommendation for cases where faster recovery is preferred, or more traditional methods have been ineffective. To learn more about who might get the most benefit out of laser therapy, though, you should know more about how it works.
What Does MLS Laser Therapy Do?
MLS laser therapy uses very specific wavelengths of light energy to encourage pain relief, the reduction of inflammation, and accelerated healing at the site of an injury or damage.
This form of therapy falls under the category of regenerative medicine, meaning that it relies upon stimulating the body’s own natural processes and not the use of synthetic drugs or invasive procedures.
How does it work? When the device’s two synchronized lasers are directed at the site of damage in very specifically attuned wavelengths, the laser energy causes a disturbance at a cellular level. This disruption is only minor – the laser won’t burn or destroy anything – but the way the body responds to it can be beneficial in several ways:
- Cellular activity increases, meaning cells work harder and faster. This includes healing and repairs.
- Blood flow to the area increases, providing more of the growth factors and other elements cells need to perform their work. The body can even construct new capillaries (the smallest blood vessels) between cells to make delivery even more efficient.
- Excess fluid can be carried away by the blood, reducing swelling.
- Pain signals from nerves can be blocked, increasing comfort.
The effects do not occur fully all at once. We typically recommend several sessions spaced out over a period of time for the best results. That said, many patients report starting to feel effects after the very first treatment, and the benefits continue to stack with each successive session.
What Kinds of Conditions Is MLS Laser Therapy For?
MLS laser therapy tends to most frequently be used for soft tissue injuries. And when it comes to the feet and ankles, there are a multitude of ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues that can be prone to strain and damage (just take a look at the tally on our homepage!).
Laser therapy can be effective for conditions such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and sprains, among many others. However, it will not always be the first choice of treatment for every such case.
Sometimes, a different form of treatment will be preferable, based on a patient’s condition and needs. Sometimes laser therapy may be used in conjunction with other therapies, as well. Let’s look at a few examples of when the MLS system may be considered.
- Athletes who need faster recovery. Laser therapy has been a tool in professional sports medicine for some time, and it can have great benefits for anyone who is looking to get back into their favorite sport or activities sooner than later. It is vitally important that sports injuries properly heal before becoming fully active again, but the MLS laser can help safely cut that time in many cases.
- Workers who need faster recovery. You don’t need to be charging a field to benefit from accelerated recovery. If your job involves being on your feet for long periods of time, or plenty of stooping and other foot-stressing movement, it can help to get that trouble out of the picture more quickly.
- Patients living with chronic pain. In some cases, chronic pain results when the body has essentially “given up” on the healing process, allowing damage to remain. Laser therapy may effectively restart the healing process and take care of unfinished business, significantly reducing or eliminating this discomfort.
- Aiding diabetic wound recovery. The faster any diabetic wound on the foot can heal, the lower your risk of infection and other complications. We might consider laser therapy in conjunction with other important protective treatments, including the use of amniotic membranes.
Ultimately, we must always conduct a comprehensive examination of your condition, your medical history, and other factors surrounding your case before we can make our best recommendations for treatment.
While MLS laser therapy is a very safe form of therapy, it—like any other potential treatment—may not be the ideal or best recommended method for everyone. We always wish to ensure that the plan we recommend to any patient has the best chances of working with the fewest conflicts with their individual needs.
Get Help for Painful Feet and Ankles
Regardless of the problem or the ultimate course of treatment for it, you deserve to find relief from foot and ankle pain.
Call Rainier Foot & Ankle Associates at (360) 761-1285 to schedule an appointment at our Enumclaw office.